A sad truth.
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A sad truth.
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“And Moses cried unto the Lord, saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me.”
I cried unto the Lord. “What must I do, these people reject Your Truths. They are almost ready to stone me.”
Yes, it is true.
If You called me to lead? I am a lost. If You called me to teach? I am failing. If You called me to serve? I have missed the mark, of Your high calling.
If You called me to see? I am blind. To hear? I am deaf. If You called me to care? I am torn asunder.
Since You brought me to this UMC, my focus, my zeal, my calling has evolved. I used to invite the lost to come to the Spirit Filled Fellowships, I attended.
I find myself discouraging people from coming to this Church. Why?
I believe they are Saved and love the Lord. That should be enough. I wish it was.
They lack the Love, Joy and Peace, that is evident in the Spirit Filled, Saints. They know not what is missing. Because it is Spiritually discerned.
It could be me, my fault. I am a bull, in a china shop.
I push. I prod. I beseech. To to touch hearts, to open minds, to change lives, is not in me. I need You.
If Your Holy Spirit is teaching me? I am failing the course.
Lord please, “What shall I do?” I believe I am here in obedience. To learn, to grow to become, …
What? A joke?
The people are satisfied, happy, content where they are. They have zero desire to change.
Show me Thy Way, Oh Lord. I must have Your anointing in my life. To allow You to make a difference. Amen
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Our down spout from gutters. Frozen solid. Monday’s coming….. not soon enough.
The Risen Christ, not yet Resurrected, not yet in His Glorified Body, appeared first to Mary Magdalene.
A women, that He had cast out seven devils.
How is it possible that she was the one and only who saw Jesus, alive, yet before ascending to the Father and being Glorified?
“saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.”
“Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.”
We have seen her many times (12), in the Gospels.
She was special, the others with her, had left, she stayed in tears.
Like John, the Disciple that rested on Jesus’s breast, and was the only Disciple to die a natural death.
Mary Magdalene, was Special for her love.
Please do not misunderstand, all the Disciples loved the Lord, and the Lord loved them all.
Somehow, both John and Mary, had found the Holy of Holies, the special place, the secret place, under the shadow of His wings.
They found the place of rest, that remains for all who love Him.
Oh Lord, help me to find and enter into the Secret Place, the place where I will see, (Psalms 91), “A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.”
The Secret Place, Lord, I long to live there. Amen
Mark 16:9-11 (KJV)
Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.
And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.
And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.
John 20:11-18 (KJV)
But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou?
She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.
And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.
Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou?
She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.
Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.
Oh, the humanity.
13 dead, and 1 dead, from a deliberate terrorism by car.
The Media is consumed with our President aligning the KKK to Antifa and BLM’s.
The implication is Antifa, and BLM, are Righteous, their cause Just, that the Lawbreaking, Police Killing, Confederate History Erasing , is all normal behavior.
IT IS NOT.
The KKK is despicable, as are Antifa and BLM’s.
They are all terrorists. They should be prosecuted and jailed. If caught in the act, SHOT….
We need to adhere to the law. Respect the law. Support the law abiding, and prosecute the lawless.
The President is right. The left… KKK, ANTIFA AND BLM’s, are ALL EQUALLY AT FAULT.
Quit pretending, the lefts, law breakers, are great people, and the Conservatives, (not the KKK), but Conservatives, Patriots, people who just want to Make America Great Again, are the ones to hate.
We need to use our God given intellect, to sort through the lies and intellectual dishonesty of the left, and join together to, MAGA.
Rant complete. Amen
Luke 22:48-54 (KJV)
The healing of the servant of the high priests ear.
No muss, no fuss, He reached out and touched. Why do we have such a hard time, accepting the promise of our doing the same?
We no longer believe like a little child, knowing our needs and desires are met.
Just a touch from Jesus, saves, heals, sets free, comforts, gives peace, joy, and love.
Accept Him and His Gifts today.
Don’t be like Peter.
Luke 22:48-54 (KJV)
48 But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?
49 When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword?
50 And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear.
51 And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.
52 Then Jesus said unto the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and the elders, which were come to him, Be ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and staves?
53 When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.
54 Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest’s house. And Peter followed afar off.
White Supremacy, white privilege, Black Lives Matter, Antifa, KKK, Black Panthers…ect, ect, ect…..
All groups full of hate.
What to do? Have we strayed so far from God, we are doomed?
Has the Godless left won?
Is our youth, so intellectually challenged, that they do not recognize how foolish it is to try to erase history?
Our esteemed Governor, Roy Cooper has jumped on the band wagon, he would remove all the Confederate Statues to museums….
STOP THIS MADNESS…. STOP IT, STOP IT, STOP IT….
You cannot change history. If you forget it, you are bound to repeat it.
There is much in my life, I am ashamed of. There is much, I wish, that I never had thought of doing, never mind having done.
But, it is done. I was a fool, who did foolish things that hurt others and myself. I am sorry for my failures, my mistakes, my SINS.
They happened. I cannot deny them. They are part of my History. A History that cannot be changed.
It can only be regretted, repented of, and denied the opportunity to occur again.
A changed heart and mind are required.
Why are we so offended by inanimate objects?
While we are not offended, by the disregard of our laws? Public property, destroyed, of thinking, if we do not see it, it never happened.
Pulling down statutes, does not erase the truth they represent.
Quit acting like ignorant 14th century people.
We must learn from our past. Make a better future.
Quit repeating the horrors we are trying to erase.
Lord, come soon. Amen
In John, chapters 11 and 12, we find the story of Lazarus, I do not know that I can do it justice. It is one of the most loved and told stories, of Jesus.
Lazarus, Mary and Martha: People who loved Jesus, who were also, on the short list, with John the Disciple, and the rich, young ruler, that Jesus loved.
Yes, He loves us all, but these folks, it is written, were loved by Him.
John the Disciple, leaned on Jesus’s breast, told to look after Mary, the mother of our Lord, at the crucifixion. The only Disciple, to die a natural death.
The rich young ruler, the heart of Jesus, broken as he walked away, he couldn’t give up all he had, to gain all he could ever desire, by accepting Jesus.
The family of Lazarus, Mary and Martha. These folks were not just followers of Jesus, but friends.
He spent time at their home, teaching, eating, enjoying their company. They understood Him, more than many others.
They had eyes to see, and ears to hear, hearts and minds that understood, and excepted Him, as He was, and what He had to do.
Lazarus was dying, they sent for Jesus. He waited two days, then traveled back to Bethany, back to an area, where the Religious wanted Him dead.
Thomas said: “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”
Jesus waited till Lazarus was dead, so His Disciples would have one more proof of His sovereignty. That the Glory of the Lord, might be displayed.
That people might believe.
Twice, He groaned in His spirit. This was His human spirit, after all He is and was God, the Creator of all, the Word.
He knew He could and would raise Lazarus from the dead. He groaned in His spirit, as he recognized and had compassion for His friends loss.
He called for Lazarus to come forth.
Six days before His last Passover, He was back, to receive from Mary, the anointing for his death.
Many came to see both Jesus and Lazarus. He came to give Himself for our sins.
John 11 (KJV)
11 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.
2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)
3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.
4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.
5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.
6 When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.
7 Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again.
8 His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?
9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.
10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.
11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.
12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.
13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.
14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.
16 Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellow disciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him.
17 Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already.
18 Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off:
19 And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.
20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.
21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.
23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.
24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.
28 And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee.
29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him.
30 Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him.
31 The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there.
32 Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled.
34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.
35 Jesus wept.
36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!
37 And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?
38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.
39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.
40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?
41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.
43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.
45 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him.
46 But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done.
47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles.
48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.
49 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all,
50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.
51 And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;
52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.
53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.
54 Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples.
12 Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.
2 There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.
3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.
4 Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him,
5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?
6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.
7 Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.
8 For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.
9 Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.
10 But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death;
11 Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.
12 On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.
John 9: Full Chapter
“He saw a man.”
Jesus, again a traveling man, Saw a blind man, and acted. Who sinned? Why is he blind?
No one, he is blind, so we could see God’s grace and glory. The Power of God displayed.
Clay, spit, go wash? Why? A test maybe, would he believe, and obey? He did and was healed.
Now, it gets interesting. Seeing is not believing. Asked for an explanation, they still refused to believe.
An evil power, the Religious said. After all if it were of God, We, the righteous would have the Power to heal.
It is hard for the self-righteous to admit, they have eyes, that see not, and ears that do not hear.
Lord, that we would, see, hear and act on Your will. Amen
John: 9: Full Chapter
“And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,
And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.
The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?
Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.
Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?
He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.
Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not.
They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.
And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.
Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.
Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.
They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.
But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.
And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?
His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:
But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.
These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.
Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.
Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.
He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.
Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?
He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples?
Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses’ disciples.
We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.
The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes.
Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.
Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.
If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.
They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.
Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?
He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?
And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.
And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.
And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.
And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?
Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.
The Miracle Years 2: theunfetteredpreacher.com
The writen post on this subject is The Ministry Years 2
I long for an adult to stand up and say:
Climate change is real…BUT IT IS NOT MAN MADE.
Kathy Giffin, The Trumps are not attacking or ruining you… YOU DID IT TO YOURSELF.
To the snow flakes… YOU LOST, GROW UP, GET A LIFE.
To the so called news people… IF YOU CANNOT TELL THE TRUTH, OR RECOGNIZE B.S. JUST BE QUIET, YOU NEED NOT SHOW YOUR INTELLECTUAL INEFFICIENCIES.
Just got out of the Theater, watching, “The Shack”.
Most times I think it is a mistake to humanize God.
Not this time. Powerful, touching, a loving, understanding, all knowing forgiving God.
I highly recommend it. LEAVE YOUR RELIGION HOME… EXPERIENCE THE RELATIONSHIP.
When all you can see is the pain, you cannot see God.
King Ahab has died, his son takes the throne.
We know a few things as we start 2 Kings. Ahaziah, the son of Ahab is now King of Israel in the Capital Samaria.
He reigned for just two years, and walked in the way of both Ahab and Jezebel, which was the way of Jeroboam, who made Israel to sin.
He provoked the Lord to anger, as his father had done, by serving and worshiping Baal.
2 Kings 1:
“Then Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab.”
This first verse is interesting because the Moabites were of the lineage of Lot. At this point they are refusing to pay tribute to Ahaziah.
When the Hebrews were entering the promised land they were told to leave the Moabites alone.
They were to destroy all the tribes who were there except for Lot and Esaus descendants.
It was on a mountain in Moab that Moses saw the promised land. He was 120, his eyes had not dimmed nor his strangth failed.
He was buried on that mountain, no one knows where.
2 Kings 1:
At this point in our story, Ahaziah, aparently fell from a window, through some lattice work , and was grieviously injured.
In his sickness, he sent messengers to the temple of Baal, to find out if he would recover.
But the angel of the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say unto them,
“Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that ye go to inquire of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron?”
We need to take a closer look at Elijah, he was an example to us, of how the Lord will use a willing vessel.
He was open to the Word of the Lord, like no other Bible character. He received and acted on Words of Knowledge, Words of Wisdom, Prophecy… ect.
With Abram, we find the Lord had said… The Lord spoke more than once to get Abram to listen and leave the land of UR.
Moses, needed a burning bush, to draw his arrention to the Lord. Elijah, when we first meet is delivering the Word of the Lord.
Then the Lord speaks, “You better go hide.”
Elijah continued: “Now therefore thus saith the LORD, Thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.”
Elijah then departed wnd left the messengers to go back and tell the King, the Word of the Lord.
Ahaziah, questioned them, they told the tale. He asked: “What manner of man was he which came up to meet you, and told you these words?”
It is here we find the resemblance to John the Baptist. “He was an hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins.”
Ahaziah, recognized him as Elijah the Tishbite, and sent a captain with his 50, to go and bring Elijah back. The captain found Elijah on the top of a hill, and spoke to him.
“Thou man of God, the king hath said, Come down.”
This sounds to me a reasonable request. Elijah answers: “If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty.”
Not surprisingly that is exactly what happened. Not just this one time, but twice.
The third captain did something different.
“The third captain of fifty went up, and came and fell on his knees before Elijah, and besought him, and said unto him, O man of God, I pray thee, let my life, and the life of these fifty thy servants, be precious in thy sight. Behold, there came fire down from heaven, and burnt up the two captains of the former fifties with their fifties: therefore let my life now be precious in thy sight.”
And the angel of the LORD said unto Elijah, “Go down with him: be not afraid of him.” And he arose, and went down with him unto the king.
Elijah told the King: “Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast sent messengers to inquire of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron, is it not because there is no God in Israel to inquire of his word? therefore thou shalt not come down off that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.”
So he died according to the word of the LORD which Elijah had spoken.
Elijah, a man of God. Lord I pray, make me a man You can use. Amen