A sign of the times: theunfetteredpreacher

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The Call, Denied: theunfetteredpreacher

The Call Denied:

I have been playing piano at this little UMC, for many years. I have Preached a few times, and have taught a mid-week Bible Study for years.

I recently found out I could no longer preach because I was Licenced and Ordained in a Non-Denominational Church, many years ago. (Apparently, it’s ok, to teach Bible Study).

My opinion is, I joined the Church, the day I received the Lord Jesus as Lord and Savior. I call myself theunfetteredpreacher because my Doctrine comes directly from the Word, not man’s opinion of the Words meaning.

I do not pretend to know all, but I am perfectly able to understand the basics.

Believe and Confess Jesus as Lord. He was born a man-child, (by a Virgin), died was buried and resurrected on the third day, ascended to heaven and made believers, Blameless in the Beloved.

The Rituals, Ceremonies, Rules, and Regulations of our Churches, are all man-made, man enforced and the Lord is dismissed out of hand.

I do not know that the Lord is truly welcomed into our Services.

Yes, I understand the Pastor is responsible for the Safty of the Flock. The Church has every right to deny access to the Pulpit, to whomever it pleases. So Be It.

The Pastor told of Wesley being an Anglican all his life but was denied the Pulpit, in that Church. So he hit the road, and people followed.

My dilemma is, I look behind me and see no one following. All I can do is accept my lot and pray for guidance and Wisdom.

I ask for your prayers also.

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Paul’s Prayer in Ephesians: theunfetteredpreacher

The Prayer in Ephesians 1, is a prayer for mature Christians. It is about Spiritual Growth, not Temporal Troubles.

He still gives thanks for believers, still prays without ceasing for them, but a totally different prayer. He is no longer centered on the relationships between people, he is now encouraging a deeper relationship with Jesus.

At this point, it is all about Spiritual awareness. He is pointing the way to a stronger, more Powerful Church. A people worthy of the Name, ‘Christian.’ He gave us more than a Gospel of Words, He gave us the Kingdom of God. The Righteousness Peace and Joy, of the Holy Spirit.

Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
Romans 15:19

Paul, knew he needed the Power of the Spirit of God, the Signs and Wonders following, to FULLY PREACH THE GOSPEL.

It saddens me, that today so many have given up on realizing the Power of God, in their ministry. That Power is available today. Jesus said, ‘only believe’. Why can we not grasp this simple concept?

The people who have walked in that Power, from the time of Jesus on, have had a special bond with the Lord. Like John the Beloved they have learned to lean on the breast of Jesus. To put on His Yoke and walk with Him.

The Fulness of Christ resides within us. We need to forget our wants, desires, plans and ambitions, and let the Holy Spirit lead us in His path. Am I supposed to be here in NC, playing the piano?

To tell you the truth, I have no idea, but I will be here with my hand on the plow until I receive a different Word from the Lord. I trust He can find and direct me when He decides I am ready for His Work.

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Ephesians 1: 15-23
Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
16. Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
17. That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
18. The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
19. And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
20. Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
21. Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
22. And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
23. Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Jesus is Restoring the Supernatural Church: Nelson Hopkins

For Jesus to restore the Supernatural Church, the Church must learn receive the supernatural promises written in God’s word. Much debate today, mostly within church circles, for the world could care less, denies the power of God’s word.

Many today become “saved” and hold on and hope for the best in this life and to land on heaven’s shores in the next. All the while ignorant or ignoring the words of Jesus that He came not only to seek and to save the lost but also that we could have life more abundantly.

The pauper mentality will not get it done. I am not just talking about material blessing which is a part of the inheritance of believers but especially the lack of power to show forth infallible proofs of His resurrection. The Lord working with us. Confirming His word.

It is not for debate but for display of the mighty works of Almighty God who is watching over His word to perform it.

He is looking for people that will proclaim it for they emphatically believe it will transform the lives of those who will receive it.

The Gospel is the POWER OF GOD unto salvation! Spirit, soul and body!
Believe it or not!


Pauls Prayers for the Church: theunfetteredpreacher

I have always thought we should be praying for our Church the way Paul Prays in his letters. (Romans 1:7-13; 1 Corinthians 1:3-13)

For my Bible Study, I’ve taken a closer look at Pauls Prayers. The Word always surprises me, how when you study, it reveals the voice of the Lord.

In the letters to both the Roman and Corinthian Churches, he prays very similar prayers.

First, he speaks to all the believers in those churches, and to all the Saints of that time and to us today.

He Thanks God for the Grace, (Salvation), and Peace, that the Lord has bestowed upon us.

That our Faith would be evident to all, that we would be empowered in all utterance and knowledge, that Christ within us, is our Testimony.

He prays always, (without ceasing), he desires that we would receive a ‘Spiritual Gift,’ that we might be established, ready for the Return of Christ Jesus.

There are several lists of Spiritual Gifts.

Ephesians 4:11-12;

Apostles, Prophets Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers; for our perfection, for the work of His Ministry through us, to build the body of Christ.

Romans 12:6-9;

Prophesy, Ministry, Teaching, Exhortation, Giving, Ruling.

The Gifts differ for each of us depending on the Grace given by the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:8-11;

A Word of Wisdom, A Word of Knowledge, Faith, Gifts of Healing, Working of Miracles, Prophecy, Discerning of Spirits, Divers Tongues, Interpretation of Tongues.

The Holy Spirit gives every man several Gifts, according to their ability.

Do you know the Gifts you have? We can request the Gifts needed at our time of need.

A Word of Wisdom or of Knowledge is Wisdom and Knowledge for a specific Situation. It is not the Wisdom and Knowledge he tells us to Pray for in sharing His Word, for building His kingdom, for our daily life.

Paul tells us to desire the best Gifts. (The Gift needed NOW).

We willingly believe we can have most of the Gifts, yet many refuse to ask for the one Talent given to every man who has a voice. The ability to pray the perfect will of God, by praying in the Spirit.

The prayer language of Tongues is not the Gift of Tongues that needs Interpretation. That is the Public speaking of Tongues, not the private Prayer Language.

If you have a question of the difference please ask, the Holy Spirit to make it clear. If you would like the Scriptures to Study, I will send them to you.

The Holy Spirit gives His Gifts, to build the Lord’s Church. When we fail to appropriate them, Church Growth is effected.

Falling Membership, lack of Discipleship, a Powerless, ineffective Witness of Christ. Pray for the Revelation of His will.

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Is the Church dying? theunfetteredpreacher

Is the Church dying? It seems to be so. Why? Too many of them are closed (isolated), systems.

The Baptists only listen to and learn from other Baptists. Methodists with Methodists, etc…

We stay within our Denominations and Doctrines.


Or worse, the only teaching our Church receives is from it’s Pastor. (No guest speakers, teachers, other voices).

This is somewhat understandable.

Our Pastors are mandated, by God to lead and grow the flock. It is an awesome responsibility. They must guard against error.

Unfortunately, that can squelch growth in the knowledge of, and the working of, the Spirit.

A healthy Church is one that is growing in Wisdom and Knowledge, always moving closer to Godly principles, desires and Gods power.

(Sorry, Jesus healed all that were afflicted, multitudes flocked to Him, is He present in your services? Are people yearning to learn? Is the Holy Spirit changing lives?)

If your Church isn’t growing, the people are not receiving the food, needed for growth.

Is your church an isolated system?

“The internal energy of an isolated system stays constant. The entropy of an isolated system tends to increase.”. (Someone smarter than me, said this).

If we don’t allow new Biblical revelation to be explored if all we can share is: “This is what I’ve been taught, and by God, that’s all there is. This is all we need.”

We are starving ourselves, and our flocks, we are not allowing the Holy Spirit freedom to lead.

Sadly, the church is not receiving the meat of the word. We must always seek more of God and expect His Holy Spirit to lead us to all truth.

Luther, the Wesley’s, Billy Graham, like the Pope, did not and do not have all spiritual knowledge.

We all see through a glass darkly, only the Holy Spirit can open our eyes to the truth and then, only when we allow the light of truth into our lives.

We need to constantly challenge our faith, grow in our faith, allow other points of view, into our Churches, ask the hard questions of our Pastors, teachers, always comparing what we hear, to the Word, to see if it is true.

It is our responsibility to study to show ourselves approved unto God, rightly dividing the Word of truth.

Saints, a closed system is a stagnant system. It is impossible to grow and flourish. We as individuals, need to go to Church to grow, our Churches need to be open to Biblical Revelation for growth.

Our Church needs to be an open system, allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us to all truth.

Lord, open the eyes of our hearts. Amen

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