Not Out of the Woods: theunfetteredpreacher

My sister-in-law law, (Janet), is having a time of it. She walks towards daylight, when the woods close in around her.

It is a time of great concern. She was successfully operated on, for the brain aneurysm, and things looked good.

Then the little foxes began to spoil the vine. They keep running tests and changing meds, in an attempt to keep her on a path to recovery.

I ask you to pray with us for Wisdom and Knowledge for those who are treating her. For Grace, Peace, and Comfort for the families.

As I have mentioned, they are all committed Christians and believe all is possible with God.

Thanks for your continued prayer.

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We all have the relationship we want with God. My desire is a more intimate one.
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What Happened? theunfetteredpreacher

What happened, that the Word, at this time, is not open and exciting to me. For the longest time, I cold read a verse and just sit in wonder and amazement at its power.

Now, it seems to be just words. Not Holy Words, or Spirit Empowering Words, but just words. Meaningless, Powerless, Worthless words. Not that the Word is at fault, it is within me. For some reason, I don’t get it.

I like to think I am still the man who hungers and thirsts for Righteousness. I understand that it is a dry season, that fasting and prayer will bring the refreshing, but I cannot seem to find that place.

It eludes me. I am done in.

Psalm 71:9-12

“Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth. For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together, Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him. O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help.”

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Best sleep I ever had: theunfetteredpreacher

It was the early 70’s, after 9 pm, I was a young long-haired hippy, thumbing through NC.

There was a group of young black men, standing around in a closed store’s parking lot. I was sure they would accept me after all, I was cool.

I found I was in the middle of a circle, being pushed back and forth. (Scary time.) When an older man’s, big black hand grabbed my wrist. ‘What was I doing?’ He asked.

Never letting go of my arm, he led me along some RR tracks, to a little shack with a station wagon out front. He fixed me a bed, told me to ‘leave before daylight, and leave nothing behind.’

I looked out, and he was on his rocker on the front porch with his dog and shotgun. I slept like a baby.’

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What are your plans? theunfetteredpreacher

When children, we are constantly asked; ‘What do you want to be, when you grow up?’ Fireman, Policeman, Spaceman are probably at the top of our lists. I don’t guess many of us dream of being garbage men, pool boys, or ditch diggers.

We are encouraged to go to college, study hard, become a Doctor or lawyer. We should be encouraging our children to become welders, truck drivers, electricians, auto mechanics. Good honest work, with decent pay and hours.

How many of us listen to and adhere to this advice? I didn’t, I was determined to be rich and famous, (until I realized that would take knowledge and hard work). Then I decided I could just coast and see what would happen. (Not much, and none of it good).

It took quite a while to settle into life as a productive, functioning adult. (Not sure I am there yet. lol)

The point is we really should have a plan. ‘A MAN PLAN.’

The great thing about a man plan is: It can change as circumstances change. We can decide when, where and how to perform it. We decide if it has been successful.

A man plan is a good thing, but following God’s plan is better. We don’t like this, we have no control we walk and wait by Faith.

We cannot control the timing, the outcome, or receive the praise when it is complete. Lord please help me to work Your plan, instead of mine.

Use me, Lord, that You be Glorified, Magnified, Exalted above all.

I heard, but I understood not:  theunfetteredpreacher

The words of Danial, (12:8), when told of the end times.

I heard, but I understood not:

My entire life, I have heard what I must/should/or never do and understood not. I have merrily gone my way, never considering the consequences of my actions or lack thereof.

I heard, but I understood not:

They are my words, as I walk with God. I read and hear the word of God, yet I understand not. The Church in no way resembles the First Century Christians.

Why is this?

Somehow we have lost sight of the size and power of the Almighty. In our life, God no longer IS. Now, He is a once was, a has-been, no longer able to work through His people to heal the sick, raise the dead, and comfort the brokenhearted.

The first-century Christians knew Jesus as a man that God was with, that God empowered to do His work. We need to realize He was a man, filled with the Holy Spirit, to become our perfect sacrifice, for a Holy God.

He gave us the Holy Spirit. The Spirit supplies the tools and power to build His Church. We have left them on the shelf, never to be examined, tested and or mastered.

These are the Talents left to His Servants, to be profited from, not buried, unused, still in the wrapping paper they were in when we received them.

We have heard, but understood not:

So we stumble along, occasionally finding a soul ripe for the harvest. When the Lord expects us to be witnesses and fully preach the Gospel, with signs and wonders following.

I will not be content, until the Lord has made me a vessel of His Power and Love. How about you?

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Opportunity Fulfilled: theunfetteredpreacher

Yesterday I was Blessed to be able to share at the first Christian Church in Morehead City. Another small Church with older Saints serving the Lord. Nice folks, yet sad, that there are so many churches with 18-40 of the faithful, and the next generations, (more than one), are missing.

I shared from Acts 3, (Such as I Have give I You), I’ve preached better but it was a welcome opportunity. Thank You, Lord.

I need to go back to the problem in our churches, the lack of the Power of the Holy Spirit to stir and change hearts and heal the sick. There is a verse in Paul’s writing, that states: ‘I have fully preached the Gospel of Christ.’ (Romans 15:19) So what is missing? Through the MIGHTY SIGNS AND WONDERS, that were a staple of the First Century Church.

Why are these things missing? Why are we not using the tools the Lord left us to build His Church?

I will rant again later.

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Know You Are Loved

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