Have compassion, making a difference:  theunfetteredpreacher

As Christians we are told to have compassion.

Jude 1:

“And of some have compassion, making a difference:

Have compassion, making a difference.

Jesus said:

Matthew 18:33
Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?” Peter wrote:

1 Peter 3:8
Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:” John the beloved reminded us:

1 John 3:17
But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

What is compassion, or pity?

Compassion is,

“:a feeling of wanting to help someone who is sick, hungry, in trouble, etc.

: sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.” (Webster)

The first mention of compassion in the Bible is in Exodus. “Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.”

Joseph had risen to be second only to Pharaoh, and had led Egypt through the 7 year draught, assuring they had food and supplies to survive.

The Hebrew people, 70 at the time of Joseph, grew (in 400 yesrs), to be millions, they were put into slavery, to build the cities of the Pharoahs.

The king was afraid of rebellion, ordered male babies killed.

The midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.”

The child Moses, was ordered to be thrown in the Nile to die. “Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.”

Was found by Pharoahs daughter, alive, in a basket.

Exodus 2:6
And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children.”

The first mention of compassion in the Bible, led to the saving of Moses, the release of millions from slavery and want, to find freedom and provision.

Have compassion, making a difference.”

Do you hope to make a difference in this world, where our leaders, our fellow citizens, do not remember, or they never did know the Lord, or what He has done.

We must: “Have compassion, making a difference.”

The Psalms repeatedly tell us:

The Lord is gracious and full of compassion.” Why? “For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.

Jesus, our example:

Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.”

Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.”

Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.

Lamentations 3:22

It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.”

When Jesus saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.”

Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.”


I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat:”

Three days with Jesus, nothing to eat. (Try keeping the flock in church beyond noon… lol).

Moses was on the mountain, twice for forty days and nights, no food or water, the 5,000 and 7,000, with Jesus, three days, nothing to eat.

How can this be? He had his disciples feed the crowds with a few fishes and loaves of bread, before He sent them away.

He told Peter, and us, through him, “To Feed My Sheep.”

Yes, He had the fed, physical food, but He had been feeding them Spiritual food, for three days… no complaints of hunger, they were filled with the presence of Jesus.

That is our calling, feed the Presence, the Life, the Power of the Risen Christ. A God whose “compassions fail not.

Heal the sick, feed the hungry, (spiritual food), raise the dead, those who know not Christ, by introducing them, open the eyes of the blind, make the lame to walk.

That is the charge we have been given, in John 14, Jesus said:

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.”

How do we get to the place, where, “Haveing compassion, makes a difference” really works?

Learn to live at the feet of Jesus, wear His Yoke, Do His Will, WALK WITH HIM.

Then we would find the reality of Psalms 65:4, fulfilled:

Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.

The Lord choose you, and you invited Him into your heart. He caused, (allowed you), to be as close as you desire, to His heart. To receive His many blessings.

We can dwell in His courts, right outside the Holy of Holies, free to enter boldly to receive Grace and Mercy in our times of need.

We will be satisfied, our (hunger, physical and spiritual), and like the Hebrews, our clothes will not rot, shoes not fail, there was no sickness, disease, hurts, wants or needs, the Lord did not meet. “We shall be satisfied.

If we would only learn to dwell IN HIM.

2 Corinthians 1:20
For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

Like this cactus, That blooms at and by the will of God, we can also. We must abide in Him.

Do we believe? Walk thou in it. Amen.

Praise Friday: 8/18/17 – Romans 8:35:  theunfetteredpreacher 


Romans: 8. 35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? – Bible Offline

“The piano ain’t got no wrong notes.”
― Thelonious Monk
Not quite 2 minutes of song.

Thursday Special: He was despised – video – theunfetteredpreacher


This is the one song, I wrote and remember. We were on the road, (“The Able Messengers”), set to visit a mens and a womans prisons.

I used to be able to sing it… not so much anymore… lol

“The piano ain’t got no wrong notes.”
― Thelonious Monk

Isaiah: 53:2-6. (Not in order) lol

“we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

He is despised and rejected of men;

a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him;

there is no beauty that we should desire him.

“For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

The Ministry Years: Miracle 35 – – theunfetteredpreacher

Luke 13:10-17 (KJV)

Another working on the Sabbath Miracle.

Jesus, teaching in the Synagogue recognized, a woman with a spirit of infirmity for 18 years.

This was a Word of Knowledge, given to Him by the Holy Spirit.

He saw her, called her to Him, spoke healing to her, and laid hands on her.

The Gifts of Healing, was employed.

Immediately she was healed, and she glorified God.

This is how the Gifts of the Spirit should work.

Instead of desiring the best gifts, we discuss healing on the Sabbath.

Jesus plainly told them, there is never a wrong time, to do good.

His adversaries were ashamed, all others rejoiced, when His power is revealed.

Saints, when the Spirit if God is present in a man, a Church, a congregation…. Great Multitudes will gather, healings will occur.

Signs and Wonders will be seen following the Anointed of God.

We have many Preachers and Teachers, doing their best to share the Gospel, and bring people into the Kingdom.

There are few, who have pushed through into the Holy of Holies.

We love them, if they are Billy Graham or Beth Moore, or someone else from a major Denomination.

We call them charlatans, or false teachers, if they teach prosperity, healing, miracles.

We must learn to read and teach the Full Council of God.

The Word has almost 100 verses, that tell us God would have those who love Him to prosper.

Verses that explain, He wants good things, for those who love and obey Him.

Granted, He also lets us know, we will be persecuted, we will suffer, loss, troubles, and problems.

Whether it is chastisement from the Lord, testing He allows, (like Job), or we are sowing what we have reaped.

We need to live the Full Council of God.

He would have us victorious, for the Lord, in our lives.

Luke 13:10-17 (KJV)

10 And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.
11 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.
12 And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.
13 And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
14 And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.
15 The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?
16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?
17 And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.

Boiled Bacon 3: theunfetteredpreacher

What boils my bacon?

Our Congress.

Hired to do the work, of repealing Obama Care, Buildingthe Wall and fixing our Tax structure.

What do we receive?


What boils my bacon?

Adult people, people over 21. Voters… that do not accept an election held 8 months ago.

It is over, gripe all you want, (to each other), I do not care to listen to you cry babies.

We put up with ‘O’s destruction of our standing in the world, the decimation of racial harmony, the disrespect of our police and service people.

Enough already.

What boils my bacon?

People who don’t accept themselves as God created them. You are born a boy or girl. There are not 58 choices. Grow up.

That’s enough for today.


The Miracle Years: – Matthew Called – Miracle 4: theunfetteredpreacher


The Miracle of the Gifts of the Spirit. Video


New written post:  More information on video.

Mark 2:13-17. Matthew 9:9-1 Luke 5:27-32

Was it a Miracle?  Why would I include the calling of Matthew with the Miracles of Jesus?

Because it is one of the many examples in the Bible of the use of the Gifts of the Spirit. Jesus, demonstrates the Gifts, that the Spirit gives to those who believe.
We see many examples in both the Old and New Testament.

We see John the Baptist proclaiming Christ as Savior, as Jesus returned from the Temptation in the desert.
“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”
He explains how he knows Him.
I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, (God the Father), the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.”
He could only know this by receiving a Word of Knowledge from God. We see this Gift of the Spirit, again, when Andrew introduced Jesus to Peter.
And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.
Jesus displayed a Word of Knowledge, knowing Peter, and a Word of Wisdom. He would become strong in the Lord, He knew the end at the beginning.
Peter would be a steadfast leader.
The next day again a Word of Knowledge, and the Discerning of Spitits, in the calling of Phillip, and Nathanael, He knew the condition of their hearts.
We have no record, that He had ever seen these two men before, yet He called them and they followed.
He even gave Nathanael, a personal, Word of Knowledge. (I saw you under the fig tree).
These men, were with Him, when He turned water to wine.

John: 2. 11.
This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.
It was the manifestation of His glory, the Miracle that caused the Disciples to believe on Him.
Did He invite all who believed to follow Him. No.
Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.
But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.”
Here He displayed the Gift of Discerning of Spirits.
I have heard Pastors say, Jesus could do these things, because they were a God thing.
That is the truth. It is God thing, that was passed on to believers by the Holy Spirit, Gifts available to those who believe.
Gifts we receive when Baptized with the Holy Spirit. We must ask, for the Gift needed at the time of need.
Faith, Healings, Words of Wisdom, Words of Knowledge, Discerning of Spirits, Miracles, the Gift of Faith. These Gifts are available to all who believe.
So much of the Church, because of the Gift of Tongues and interpretation, shy away from studying and growing in the Gifts.


Faith, Healings, Words of Wisdom, Words of Knowledge, Discerning of Spirits, Miracles, the Gift of Faith. These Gifts are available to all who believe.
So much of the Church, because of the Gift of Tongues and interpretation, shy away from studying and growing in the Gifts.
Jesus came for sinners. He promised us Power to draw all men to Him. The Gifts of the Spirit, are the bricks, we should use to build His Church.

Mark 2:13-17  (KJV)
13 And he went forth again by the sea side; and all the multitude resorted unto him, and he taught them.
14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him.
15 And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him.
16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?
17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Matthew 9:9-13  (KJV)
9 And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.
10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.
11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?
12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.
13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Luke 5:27-32  (KJV)
27 And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me.
28 And he left all, rose up, and followed him.
29 And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them.
30 But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?
31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.
32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Sin is an Urge: Bill Hitchcock

Another great word from Bill Hitchcock…


Sin Is An Urge

Jesus told the woman caught in the act of adultery, “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” (John 8:11). Go and sin no more is a guiding principle of the Christian religion. But have you ever stopped and really thought what sin was? After all, how can you stop doing something if you don’t have a clear picture of what “it” is?

Sin is an urge, a strong desire to go against the will of God and to act upon that urge. So sin has two sides to it, the urge and then the action. The Christian battle is with the urge to sin. It’s called temptation. As long as we stay in the fight with temptation then God will strengthen us and guide us to victory. But if we lose faith in God and His abilities we will lose the fight. We fall or transgress from the urge to the action and committal of sin. We now have yielded our self over to that sin. Jesus said, “Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.” (John 8:34)

“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” (Romans 6:12).

Once we have acted upon the urge to sin, we give up on God and yield to whatever sin it was. That sin now has dominion over our soul and body.

Sin is like alcoholism. The alcoholic is controlled and owned by alcohol. He has yielded himself to it completely. He knows it is bad but when he tries to quit the addiction draws him back in with strong cravings. All sin acts in the same fashion.

So what do we do once we realize that we are in complete darkness of sin?
“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:5-9).

God is the light. If we repent of our sins He will cleanse us of all darkness and sin. He certainly will cleanse us for he does not want anyone to die and sin kills!

“For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.” (Ezekiel 18:32).

Once cleansed we must resume the fight of temptation with the sin we were just freed from. The only way to do that is: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.” (Proverbs 3:5-8).

But we must be very careful to never fall again for the second fall is usually much worse than the first. Jesus warned the man who had been healed of an infirmity of 38 years, “Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.” (John 5:14)

Jesus died on the cross so we would have the ability to fight, fall, repent and fight temptation again. Never think it is too late. It isn’t. Don’t let sin reign in your body. Rid yourself of the darkness within.

Repent! Trust in God and live!

Bill Hitchcock

Worship Wednesday:  Video- Isaiah 55:12

The Trees of the field:

The piano ain’t got no wrong notes.”
― Thelonious Monk

Isaiah: 55:12
For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”

I am desolate:  theunfetteredpreacher 

Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted.

The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses.

Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.

“I am desolate and afflicted.”

This is my cry this day. The troubles of my heart are enlarged.

I am distressed, disappointed and in despair.  

Save me, O Lord….  Forgive me O Lord…  Help me O Lord….

A man’s pride shall bring him low:

Help me, Lord….

The Ministry Years: Miracle 30 –   “O faithless generation”   -theunfetteredpreacher 

Mark 9:14-29; Matthew 17:14-21; Luke 9:37-42

These scriptures, are a picture of the Church today.   Jesus, Peter, James and John, were on the mountain, in the presence of the Father. 

The Disciples were down below, willing, but seemingly unable to do the work of God.

Today, the Lord is at the right hand of God.   His Disciples, (us), are down here, unable to do the works of God.

The possessed, the sick, the hurting, are not finding relief.   For the same reason.

“O faithless and perverse generation:”

We do not see the Power of God, today, unless we follow Benny Hinn, or other Faith Healers. 

We may have known of Oral Roberts, R.W. Shamboch, or Katherin Kuhlman.  These people believed God and surrendered completely to Him, and saw miracles happen.

The Heavenly Father does not ask for golden vessels. He does not ask for silver vessels. God asks for yielded vessels – those who will submit their will to the will of the Father. And the greatest human attainment in all the world is for a life to be so surrendered to Him that the name of God Almighty will be glorified through that life.” – Kathryn Kuhlman

It isn’t a matter of being worthy, for no man is worthy! It isn’t our perfection or our penitence, or a matter of our labors to reach the place of perfection or worthiness. It is God’s grace alone!” – Kathryn Kuhlman

If we would truly and totally surrender to God.  To be able to say in truth.  

Here I am send me.

Then go in obedience, and love, we would see the needs of those we touch, be met.  It does not matter the need. 


He only needs a willing and obedient vessel.

When they could not cast out the deaf and dumb spirit,  the Lord asked.

How long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you?”

Bring him unto me.”

We need to learn to bring the needs to Jesus. How do we do this?

This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.”

Many today do not believe in fasting.  This is foolish.  

Fasting, or denying ourselves, food, TV, Internet, any of the things we love, can be hard, may seem impossible.   

But;   When we give up for a time, something our flesh desires, it gets the Lords attention.   He realizes we are serious, determined, and willing to go to the wall, in obedience to Him. 

 Prayer and Fasting.  Is the Lords prescription for a successful and powerful ministry.   The road map to building His Kingdom. 

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

Only Believe.   Why is that so hard?  The boys father said. 

Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.”

In our ignorance, we pray this prayer.  The Lord says:

Romans 10:17
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Galatians 3:2
This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

Galatians 3:5
He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

The hearing of faith.

The Church should teach the Miracles of God, the Church needs to hear of them, so they begin to believe in them, to then act on these beliefs. 

The Miracle Power of God is available to whosoever, will act in Faith.  Well, will you?

Mark 9:14-29; Matthew  17:14-21; Luke 9:37-42

Mark 9:14-29King James Version (KJV)

14 And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them.
15 And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him.
16 And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them?
17 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;
18 And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.
19 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.
20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.
21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.
22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.
23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.
26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.
27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.
28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?
29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

Matthew 17:14-21King James Version (KJV)

14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,
15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.
16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

Luke 9:37-42King James Version (KJV)

37 And it came to pass, that on the next day, when they were come down from the hill, much people met him.
38 And, behold, a man of the company cried out, saying, Master, I beseech thee, look upon my son: for he is mine only child.
39 And, lo, a spirit taketh him, and he suddenly crieth out; and it teareth him that he foameth again, and bruising him hardly departeth from him.
40 And I besought thy disciples to cast him out; and they could not.
41 And Jesus answering said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you? Bring thy son hither.
42 And as he was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father.

Worship Wednesday:  Video- Psalm 84:11-12:  theunfetteredpreacher 


The Lord God is a sun and shield:

The piano ain’t got no wrong notes.”
― Thelonious Monk

I wish the same could be said for me…lol

Psalm: 84:11-12 

For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. 

O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

The Ministry Years:  Miracle 29 – The Transformation  –  theunfetteredpreacher 

Luke: 9:28-36 Mark: 9:2-13 Matthew: 17:1-13

There are three accounts of the Transformation. 

None by the actual parties involved.  Does this make it untrustworthy?  Not at all.

If not before, then after the Resurrection, Peter, James and John would have shared with the other Disciples.

The three versions, agree on the important points, differ on the writers perspectives  of the event.

Six or eight days?  Does it matter? NO.

A high mountain apart, or to pray?  He went apart, always to pray.

His raiment shining, He was transfigured, His countenance was altered.   

Yes, spend time in the presence of the Most High God, you are effected.

Moses, in Exodus 34:

He spent 40 days and nights, with the Lord.  No food or drink,  wrote out the Ten Commandments, (second time).

 “When he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.

And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him.
Moses had done speaking with them, he put a vail on his face.

But when Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he took the vail off, until he came out. And he came out, and spake unto the children of Israel that which he was commanded.

And the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone: and Moses put the vail upon his face again, until he went in to speak with him.”

Stephen, in Acts 6 and 7:  Newly ordained as a Disciple, preaching of Abraham, and Moses, had signs, wonders and miracles, following.

 “They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, 

Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.

There arose certain of the synagogue, (angered who charged him with blasphemy).

They were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.

All that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.

He, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
They cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and  they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.”

If we would find our way, to the Holy of Holies, and spend time with the Lord, we would see signs and wonders following us.

People would recognize the Lords presence in our life.

The Religious still have a problem when the Power of God exalts itself, through man.   

Jesus.  (Maybe a picture of the Resurrected body?)  Scriptures below.

If you find your way into the Holy of Holies, and spend time with the Lord, you will be changed. (Matthew 28:3, Luke 9:29, 2 Corinthians 3:7)

The cloud,  the voice:  “This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Mark: 9:2-13

And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them. 

3. And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them. 

4. And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus. 

5. And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. 

6. For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid. 

7. And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. 

8. And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves. 

9. And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead

10. And they kept that saying with themselves, questioning one with another what the rising from the dead should mean. 

11. And they asked him, saying, Why say the scribes that Elias must first come? 

12. And he answered and told them, Elias verily cometh first, and restoreth all things; and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at nought. 

13. But I say unto you, That Elias is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him. 

Matthew: 17:1-13

And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart

2. And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. 

3. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. 

4. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. 

5. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. 

6. And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. 

7. And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. 

8. And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only. 

9. And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead. 

10. And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? 

11. And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. 

12. But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. 

13. Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist. 

Luke: 9:28-36

28. And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. 

29. And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering. 

30. And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias: 

31. Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. 

32. But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him. 

33. And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said. 

34. While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud. 

35. And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. 

36. And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen.

The Ministry Years: Miracle 28:  I see men as trees –  theunfetteredpreacher 

Mark 8:22-26

This is another miracle we only find in the book of Mark.  Much of it follows what we have seen before.   Parts of it, are quite odd.

A new town

Although people, the multitudes, found Him, wherever He went.  He still needed to travel, from town to town.

Why?  Not everyone who had needs, could make it to where He was.  

I hear people complain of todays evangelists, and faith healers, needing private jets.

If Jesus needed to be alone, and had to borrow boats, from followers, (for His travels), do not todays preachers, who travel much further, and reach many more,  need the same. 

They brought and besought Him:

Wherever Jesus is present, and allowed to work, (within us, or our Churches),  believers will seek Him out and bring the hurting, whether the hurt is physical, spiritual or mental.  Jesus, will heal all.

That is why it is the gifts of healing.   We need the gifts of Faith and Words of Knowledge and Wisdom, to know how to pray, what to do, to help those in need.

He took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of town:

He needed to be apart from the unbelieving, even if they were believers.  We need to do that today.   Many believers, do not believe Jesus heals today.  They accept being Powerless, while Jesus told us to go forth in Power.

He said, we would minister in Power and the Holy Spirit.   It is up to us, to learn to ask for and use the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.  

Some think, we automatically know what and how to walk in the Spirit.  Not true.  We must practice,  pray, then obey, if we expect to take up His Yoke, and find His Rest.

Now, something happens

This was a blind man.

He had spit on his eyes, and put His hands upon him, He asked him if he saw ought.

We see Him spit in Chapter 7 also, again a man deaf and dumb.  He spit, and touched his tongue.  He, immediately, spoke and heard.

This blind man wasn’t immediately healed.  Jesus laid hands on him twice.  The first time, he saw, but not well.  (Saw men as trees).

The second time, Jesus had him look up, and he was totaly healed.   Again, I have no idea why He spit.

We must look up to the source of our faith, and walk in it.

It is interesting though, earlier, when His Disciples had forgotten to bring bread.  He asked them three questions.

Do you not see?  Do you not hear?  Do you not remember? 

He had just feed Four Thousand,  with a few loaves of bread and fish.

Did they not see, hear or remember,  God is able to supply all our needs, according to his riches in glory?

Mark: 8:22-26

And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. 

And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. 

And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. 

After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly

And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.”

Lord, help us to see, hear and remember, that You alone are our source.   Amen 

Worship Wednesday:  Video-  Psalm 115:9-13:  theunfetteredpreacher 


An old favorite, played and sung by me… I don’t have the voice or chops I once had.

The piano ain’t got no wrong notes.”
― Thelonious Monk

I stand by his quote.    lol

Psalm: 115:9-13

O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. 

O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. 

Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. 

The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron. 

He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.

If Trump were a Biblical figure?  theunfetteredpreacher 

If Trump were a Biblical figure which one would he be?

David?  Not hardly, he doesn’t seem to be the type to rely on God.  I think he believes, but is likely to say:  “It’s OK Lord, I’ll take it from here.”

Solomon?   I  don’t think so.  A lot of his tweets, are not wise, though they usually hit the mark.

Jonah?  I somehow doubt it.  He is eagerly doing the work of God.  Draining that swamp.  No,  there’s no hesitation there.

Moses?  Nope, although the Legislative branch, refuses to enter the promised land, and will continue to wander the desert. 

Noah?  lol…   He is certainly  not, a preacher of righteousness.   How long could he tread water?

I guess I could eliminate 95% of our Biblical heros, but there is one who fits.

A man, certainly, a man used by God.  We know him for his hair.   He was set aside from birth, a man destined to deliver, his people from destruction.

A womanizer, first class.  Yet a man of increadable purpose. 

Who was that man?   

SAMSON,  the mighty man, used of God, to deliver Israel from their enimies.  

He was not a Godly man, but a MAN USED BY GOD.

That, dear friends is why I voted for and support Donald Trump.  As a Christian, I realize God doesn’t always use the Godly to fulfil His purpose. 

He uses the willing and available. 


I confess, I listen to NPR:  theunfetteredpreacher 

I know, how can I  stand it?  Nothing conservative is good.  We are dumb, uneducated,  needing the crutch of religion.

That accepted,  NPR, has some good weekend comedy shows.  Car talk, Wait, Wait, Radio Lab, and Big Picture Science.  (Only if you can laugh at yourself).

By far the most humorous is Big Picture  Science.

I have heard the question…. “Why don’t Conservatives believe science.?”   They answered the question with absolutely no clue.

I heard one weekend,  a woman who wanted human population of the earth to be no more than 50 million.

What she was going to do with the rest of us she did not specify.

Now, to be fair, by the time this show comes on, I am half way into a nice afternoon nap.

Today, I am wide awake. On Radio Lab,  I heard how they were struggling with too many goats on some island, and how to kill off the excess.

How the Turtles of another island were almost extinct,  they were desperately trying to make this poor surviving male, to  mate.  (He was shooting blanks, and finally died).

I am not being really fair.  I am not sharing all the subtle points they make.

The third was about a fly that kills baby finches.  How do we save them?

What tickles me about these liberals, they  believe in evolution.   Yet, they fight like fools, to stop it happening.

They wonder how species adapt and change, yet refuse to let one set die out.  Owls, seals, snails.

It goes on and on.

Unless it is human.  Then by George, lets kill it before it’s born.

So I confess. I listen and wonder at the foolishness of man.  I only wish they would seek conservative thought.

I may reject their ideas, but I listen and judge first.   They never listen, just reject.


The Miracle Years 2: video: theunfetteredpreacher


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