The Happy Pilgrims: theunfetteredpreacher

The Happy Pilgrims. They should be dancing. The Turkey, not so much, he’s not sure why he was invited for dinner.

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Know You are Loved.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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Today’s Trial: theunfetteredpreacher.com

7:46 am. Report for Gall Blatter surgery .

Morning GB, removed Hernia removed. (belly button, size of baseball).

Yup, that was mine, earned honestly, by loading piano onto truck. I felt it RIP. My beautiful dime size bb, grew to baseball sized bump.

Gone, gone, gone. Thank God it’s gone.

Spent later in day at ER, to stop bleeding.

All fixed. Now just have to recuperate .

Thank You Jesus.

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Know you are loved.

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Protesters at New Toronto Chick-fil-A Outnumbered by Customers, 100 to 1 – Michael Foust

https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/michael-foust/protesters-at-new-toronto-chick-fil-a-outnumbered-by-customers-100-to-1.html

It is hard for me to understand how these hate filled protesters can claim the Bible Believers are hate filled.

People who reject God, believe anything else.

The Wonderers: theunfetteredpreacher.com

The sisters had a great time in Minnasota, visiting friends and family.

Dan and Donna also spent time with his folks and family.

I am pleased to have my love home again. It was a long time apart, but I am glad they had a chance to see everyone.

I am blessed to have married into a family of strong Christian believers

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Know you are loved.

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We all have the relationship we desire with God. How’s yours?

The Short of it: theunfetteredpreacher

The Short of it:

The long of it is that all I seem to do is sleep

Tests on going to see if something is wrong, or I am just incredibly lazy.

The short of it is, I read the Word, and nothing speaks to me. So I have nothing to share. Please keep me in prayer.

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Know you are loved.

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Giants in our lives: theunfetteredpreacher

Are there Giants in your life?

Before I accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, I was constantly fighting the Giants that had me enslaved.

Loneliness, alcoholism, fear, depression, ineptitude, lust, pride, nicotine, rejection and probably many I can’t name.

“There were giants in the earth in those days;”

Everywhere I looked, walked or worked. Everything I heard, read or spoke. I was nothing, then the best. I was brilliant then a dunce. I was around people but always alone.

I lived in “the land of giants.”

There was no escape, no relief, no hope.

Then I was introduced to Jesus. Oh happy day, the Giants have gone away!!!

I wish….

I had accepted Jesus as my Lord…I experienced the Peace that passes understanding, the Joy unspeakable and full of Glory, the Comfort and Love of the Holy Spirit.

Life was great!!! Until it wasn’t.

The Giants were creeping back. Those Christians that I prayed for and loved, rejected me….. Nothing I did satisfied. I was unsettled, indecisive, confused.

How could this be?

Depression, Rejection, Loneliness…. Worse than ever.
Why Lord?

Does any of this seem familiar? Could it be your story? Are you enslaved by Giants?

Do you know Jesus as your Savior?

I know many Christians, who claim Jesus as Savior, even call Him Lord. When He is not.

Are they really saved? I think so, they believe and confess Jesus as Lord.

Will they be joyful, victorious conquerors, peaceful, effective witnesses? Not a chance.

How about you? Is He your Lord? Are you walking with Him or hiding because of sin?

David the man after Gods heart, long after defeating Goliath, (the Giant), after becoming the legitimate King of Israel. Found himself fighting and losing the battle to the Giants of pride, sexual sin and murder.

He had wondered from Gods side. He was the king, his word was law, he had everything he wanted, needed or desired.

He had a visit from Nathan the Prophet. He was shown the condition of his heart. He recognized his sin.

Now we see why he was a man after Gods heart. He immediately repented, turned around, asked forgiveness. A man who Loves his Lord. A man who knew forgiveness.

As a Christian for over 30 years I am sometimes convinced I’ve destroyed the Giants in my life.

Then when I’m fat, dumb, happy and satisfied: I am visited again. “The last giant, He had a bed made of iron; it was over thirteen feet long and six feet wide!”

This Giant is bigger than the others because I’ve been hiding and feeding him. Allowing this sin to be my real Lord. The part of me I wouldn’t and couldn’t submit to my loving, forgiving Savior.

I repent, I confess, I turn from my wicked ways. I pray Lord thank you for helping me to defeat yet again this Giant.

With Your help he becomes just a giant….With fastings and prayers, as I submit to Your will, I become strong in Your might. I defeat the giant.

I walk in victory with My Lord, Jesus Christ. I become the joyful, victorious conqueror, peaceful, effective witness that my Lord calls all of us to be.

Have you destroyed the Giants in your life? Jesus will show and strengthen you.

“Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.”

Let Him Lord and Savior today.

Thanks for visiting. Know you are loved.

We all have the relationship we want with God. My desire is closer relationship.

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Return of the Supernational Church: Nelson Hopkins

Hebrews 6:2 tells of the doctrine of baptisms. Plural. There are at least three baptisms in NT Scripture.

1. Baptism OF the Holy Spirit – Into the Body of Christ
2. Baptism BY disciples of Christ – In water
3. Baptism WITH the Holy Spirit by Jesus

All are unique in their purpose.
#1&3 are spiritual (invisible).
#2 is symbolic. (visible)

#1 is New Birth and Promise Completion
#2 is New Identity by Public Confession
#3 is New Power to Proclaim the Kingdom of God

In restoring the Supernatural Church , #3 is imperative. Without the power of the Holy Spirit enabling the Church to be His witnesses, believers are nothing more than another philosophy. And just like all other philosophies only as convincing as the intellect and charisma of the speaker.

Unfortunately, #3, the most necessary for advancing the Kingdom of God in the earth is the most neglected, debated and incorrectly taught of the three. Tongues for speaking directly to God and not man, power to be His witnesses and confirmation of the Gospel of Christ and His resurrection are not welcome or taught in many “churches” today.
But it is and always will be taught and practiced by true Bible believers.
Jesus IS restoring the Supernatural Church.

Hezekiah’s prayer: theunfetteredpreacher.com

There came a time, when Isaiah brought news to Hezekiah. 

2 Kings 20

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

It is interesting the way Hezekiah handled the news.  Did he complain and mope?  Did he just accept the Word of the Lord?   NO:

“Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, saying,”

We need to learn, our first response should be turning from our troubles, and turning to the Lord.

Pay attention to what he prayed.  He reminds the Lord of his devotion. 

“I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight.”

Like Moses, he reminds the Lord of their past relationship.  With weeping.  He allowed his emotions into his prayer, he was real.

Isaiah didn’t get very far, he had to bring another word from the Lord to Hezekiah. 

It is interesting to note, Hezekiah had powerful prayers, prayers that moved the Lord.  Hezekiah didn’t receive the Lords answers himself. 

“And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him,”

When we allow ourselves to pray, in groanings that cannot be uttered,  when we allow our Spirit to speak directly to the Lord…  He shows us His will.

“Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD.”

He doesn’t stop there, He goes to the heart of the matter.

“And 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 for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.”

He gave directions for a healing poltus…  Isn’t it just like us, we want more.  We want confirmation. 

And Hezekiah said,  “What shall be the sign that the LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of the LORD the third day?“

Isaiah said, “This sign shalt thou have of the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing that he hath spoken: shall the shadow go forth ten degrees, or go back ten degrees?  And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees.”

Ask for the impossible,  seek that which is beyond our grasp, expect the Lord to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask, think or even image. 

“Isaiah the prophet cried unto the LORD: and he brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of Ahaz.”

After this, Hezekiah foolishly showed all the kingdoms treasures to strangers from Babylon. 

Isaiah said:  “Hear the word of the Lord.

Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the Lord.

And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.”

This is really bad news.  Sadly, Hezekiah answered:  “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?”

Who cares what happens to my people and children, as long as peace reigns in my time.

A sad end to a once great king.

More Family Blessings: theunfetteredpreacher

Once again family has arrived to comfort, pray, and encourage us in the Lord.

Bette’s sister Corinne and Roger her husband.

It is wonderful that my sweethearts sisters are all saved, and a joy to have around.

We could not have made it through this time of trial, without them.

May God Bless and keep them, may He cause His face to shine apon them. And give them peace.

We all have the relationship we want with the Lord. Please. I long for more.

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JESUS: IN THE OLD TESTAMENT: theunfetteredpreacher

via JESUS: IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

The Scriptures that opened my eyes and ears to better understand the Lord and His will and ways.

Please read and give me some feedback. I believe you will find it interesting.

Thanks, know you are loved.

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Sing the LORD’s song 2: theunfetteredpreacher

Psalm: 137. 4.

How shall we sing the LORD’s song in a strange land?

As I was writing the first post with this title, I had a revelation about these verses in Matthew.

Matthew: 11. 28-30

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

When my wife was young, her Dad still farmed with a team of horses. He had tractors, but had kept the livestock. (Sentimental reasons, and to show, I’d guess).

He would put a yoke on them and lead them, or drive them to the field to work.

They would do the heavy lifting, the hard work of breaking the ground, or pulling a wagon full of hay.

They would be wet and tired after a day in the field. They needed to be cooled, brushed and fed.

Unfortunately, some people seeing the verses above, are afraid to put on the Yoke of Christ.

Afraid it is a heavy burden, hard sweaty work, exhausting, thankless work.

Read it again, and realize this…

WE VOLUNTARILY TAKE HIS YOKE, He does not place a Yoke on us.

NO, HE IS ON THE OTHER END OF THE YOKE.

We put it on.

He doesn’t lead, or drive us to the fields. He is beside us. His Yoke is easy, the Burden is light.

Only, then do we find the rest we are promised.

When we learn to walk with, not before or after, by with and in His time, in His direction.

What does that have to do with,

How shall we sing the LORD’s song in a strange land?

When we learn to walk with Him, the song shines through. It does not matter the Denomination, or the style of Worship, His love shines through.

I have been frustrated.

The Lord, put a Psalm singing, tongue talking, power of God desiring guy, in a quiet, Rituals, oriented, and heavily structured Church.

I cannot understand why singing scriptures does not interest them. I never will, but I acknowledge they love the Lord, and serve Him as they have been taught.

I long for the day the Lord allows me to lead His people to the throne room of grace, where the power of God is present to heal, comfort and save the lost.

Lord, come…

The Sorry State of… ? theunfetteredpreacher

The Sorry State of …. ?

Our Nation, our Towns, our Churches, our People, … our Faith. Is self evident.

We no longer believe, what was once considered Common Sense, or Truth.

Wrong is now Right, Down is Up, Male is Female. The list is endless, we have lost all sense of decency, and order.

I came to a realization this week.

The first list is in the wrong order. We are in a Sorry State, first, because of our lack of Faith.

As our Faith has failed, our people, our Churches, Towns and Nation, have lost their guiding principles.

How do we right this ship, correct our course? It will take a Miracle.

“This beginning of Miracles,” we read about in the book of John. Had absolutely nothing to do with the relationship of the petitioner, to Jesus.

Yes, I know it was His Mom. Some pray to her. Most of us just accept that Jesus granted her request, because she was Mom.

That wasn’t why. Mom soon learned, she didn’t have that much influence.

Jesus was once told His Mother and Brothers were outside, and wished to see Him? What was His answer?

Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?
And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!

For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.” John 12:48-50

Her being Mom, didn’t bring about the desired result of a few moments of His time.

We hear of her again, when Jesus, on the cross, told John, “Behold Thy Mother!” And to Mary, “Behold thy son!”

What motivated Jesus to answer prayer?

Not family, only FAITH, only the BELIEF that God IS.

It is Faith that Saves us.

“if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:”

“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.”

It is Faith, Belief, “that God is, that God will, and even if He doesn’t, we will still serve Him,” that releases God, to preform miracles, in our behalf.

Many wonderful Christian Pastors, Teachers and Leaders, do not believe that God works in Signs, Wonders or Miracles today.

They seem to believe, that as in the days of Eli and Samuel, there are no open visions.

We now have the Bible, so God no longer needs to speak to us individually.

As the body of Christ, accepted this as “Truth,” it became a self fulfilling prophecy.

We end up living a life, that bears little resemblance, to that of the early believers.

Saints, the Lord never stopped revealing Himself to Whosoever will seek His face.

Unfortunately, few of us, are willing to deny ourselves, and seek to please Him, instead of being pleased by Him.

We must return to our First Love. Jesus promised if we believed we would do all that He did and more. (John 14)

Those who TOUCHED Him heard.

“Your Faith has made you whole.”

“According to your Faith, so be it.’

“I have not seen such great Faith.”

“If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed”

“Fear not, Only Believe.”

“If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”

Today we do not believe. We have lost the ability to believe in the Miraculous.

We still believe in Salvation, and our Churches have plenty of room for new converts. Yet, no one comes. Why?

Their needs are not met, by our Powerless Gospel. Paul warned Timothy.

1 Timothy 6:20-21 (NOG)

Timothy, guard the Good News which has been entrusted to you. Turn away from pointless discussions and the claims of false knowledge that people use to oppose the Christian faith.

Although some claim to have knowledge, they have abandoned the faith.

Paul warned us about, Powerless Rituals and Ceremonies. Services that are so busy, there is no room for the Lord to speak.

We now, only believe half the Gospel.

2 Timothy 3:5
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

It is much easier to fill our Services, with busy, man directed Worship, than to learn to Wait on God, to deliver His Promise, in Power.

1 Corinthians 4:20
For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

Hebrews 6:4-6a

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,

If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance;”

Saints, as His Church, we should have tasted, the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come. We haven’t.

We have accepted the loss of His Power, because to walk in it takes a real change within us.

It is more than being Saved, by Faith.

We need to change, from wanting things from God, to learning to please God.

By believing, “He is, and He is a rewarder of them that diligently Seek Him.”

Do we Truly Believe, Seek and Walk in Faith? If we did, there would not be room for all who would be Saved.

May we return to Biblical Faith. Amen

Every good and perfect gift: theunfetteredpreacher

Had a great time yesterday, sharing scripture with a customer. He was a Baptist, and clearly did not believe, that Tongues are for today.

He told me things I did not know. Catholics, Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses… ect all spoke in Tongues. (?)

He said that these false religions are claiming the same gift as Penticostals, so the Gift of Tongues, was not of God.

He said Catholics aren’t Christians, which promoted this question. How do you become a Christian?

Repent, Believe and Confess Jesus, as Lord and Savior. Sorry, I grew up a Catholic, they believe this.

Now, they truly have error, works not faith, praying to Mary… ect…

But, they have the main question down, is God so small, He would keep them from Salvation, because they believed the bad Doctrine of the Church.

You are calling for more than Christ did.

We all have errors in our Denominational beliefs, we don’t understand the Doctrines of Laying on of hands, or Baptisms.

Never mind the Gifts of the Spirit. I believe those who teach against the Gifts of the Spirit, (all of them), are doing great harm to the body.

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 14:

~ to desire spiritual gifts,

~ 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. (This is our prayer language)

~ He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; (prayer language)

~ I would that ye all spake with tongues (prayer language, but in Church interpret)

~ 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. (Must interpret in Church, not in prayer language).

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

~ 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. (Public)

~ I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: (Prayer)

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. (Public)

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

~ 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. (Public)

~ 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.

~ 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.

In the early Church, all spoke with Tongues, some in prayer others in public.

It is the first Gift of the Spirit given and is available to all who believe.

In Matthew 25, the Talents are the Gifts of the Spirit, the Lord didn’t leave us money till He returns, but the Gifts, to build His Church. (Don’t bury them).

When we have Denominations teaching against the Gifts, I believe it is close to Blaspheming the Holy Spirit.

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.

Instead of looking for reasons to reject God’s Gifts, we should be searching the Scriptures to see if they are true.

They are for today, to build His Church.

Last words: theunfetteredpreacher

Last Words:

Jesus, spent three years, preaching, teaching and exhibiting the Power of the Kingdom of God.

His last words before going to join His Father were:

All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”

He understood, He had done all, He had opened the portal between heaven and earth.

He had brought the Power of God, down to His people, to those who believed. (If they could keep it.)

Acts 10: 38.

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.

He had shown them the Power’s use and how to use it. He sent them out to display it.

Mark 6:7,12-13

And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;

And they went out, and preached that men should repent.

And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.”

He gave them the Power, to cast out devils, and heal the sick. He had shown them how, that it was possible.

They went about, and did the Work of the Ministry.

The Church, once embodied, used and lived that Power. Many came to the Lord, the Church grew.

Somehow, we have lost the Power, He had given it to us, to build His Church.

He gave us the Power and told us to go use it. We can’t even find it, never mind use it.

We were told to GO…. Not To Church, but out into the world, teaching them, with signs and wonders following.

Baptizing and teaching of the Kingdom.

Matthew 28:

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

Teaching them all He had shown them, taught them, shared with them.

John 14:

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Mark 16:

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

And 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.

And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

Signs and wonders, should be following, If we believe.

The Lord promised He would confirm His Word with signs following.

Romans 15:13
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Pray that the Lord fill you will all joy and peace in believing.

There is peace and joy in believing the Lord, in doing the Work of the Ministry.

That hope would abound, in our lives, By the Power of the Holy Ghost.

We Must Seek the Power of the Holy Ghost.

This Power is what builds the Church.

Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.

Amen