Tales from my Father 2: theunfetteredpreacher

My Dad had a love of cars from a young age.  He was driving his own vehicles, on the road, from 12 years and up.

Now these vehicles were usually, only half a body, a front seat and just a flat bed behind.

Two stories that caused him to roar in laughter, when he shared them.

He had 6 younger siblings, they had been a couple miles down the road at a neighbours, gathering and loading hay on his flat bed.

He drove them home, all the kids sitting on top of the hay,  he says he turned into the driveway a little too fast. 

The hay and the kids all ended up in the middle of the road.  No one hurt, but his Dad wouldn’t let him drive for a couple of weeks.

One other time, the vehicle he drove had a gravity fed gas line.  He never had more than a gallon at a time and often less.

To go up hill, since the gas tank was under the front seat, he would have to drive in reverse.

He had a friend in the passenger seat, as he whipped it around to go up the hill backwards, his friend fell out, and was run over by the back wheel.

He was not hurt, Dad said the back end wasn’t heavy enough to do any damage. His friend never let him live it down.

On a serious note:

Latter on, when he was around 18, he and a friend were in a street legal car, full body, even registered and licenced.

When he had a terrible accident in which his friend was killed.   An event, that you never forgive or forget.

I know the guilt and pain he carried, I don’t know if he ever experienced the forgiveness of Christ. The lifting of the burden off his soul.

He believed, as a good Catholic believes, he knew who Jesus was, he knew the gospel.

He never did know or understand, he could have a personal relationship.

I was never able to make him or anyone in my family understand.

I prayed when I first got saved, fervently, effectually, I was the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.

I believe I heard the Lord say: ENOUGH BILL, I HEARD YOU…

I rest on that belief. I trust I will see him and the rest of my family I prayed for. Amen

Tales from my Father 1: theunfetteredpreacher

It just occurred to me, that with the death of my sister, I am now the repository of our family stories.

If you care to read them, be my guest.  I just would like them written down somewhere for any grand children that may be interested.

My Dad was born in 1917,  and most of these short stories were told to me by him.  His right leg had been broken, when in grammer school as they played ring around the flag pole.

Somehow, they pulled hard enough so the pole fell down, my Dads leg caught between it and a rock.  He ended up, his right leg an inch and a half shorter then his left.

His friend Charley, pulled him to school and home in either a wagon or a sled for at least that year.   Thanks, Charlie, wish I could remember your last name.

His Dad, Wellie Cote, had a home in Ashburnham, Mass.  Not really a farm, but a farm house, a field, garden, a chicken house, a small barn, with 3 stalls for milking.

Three of his favorite stories concerned the cows.  One, Bessie, spent her days with the other cows, down the road at a neighbours field.

When it was time for them to come home, his little brother Earnie would go up and lead the cows home riding Bessie.  Quite a site.

They had another cow that kept getting out of its stall.  Dad was kept home from school to find out how she escaped.

It was a quiet morning, he was almost asleep on the hay, when he heard a noise, looked up and the front hooves of the cow were on the the top of the bottom half of the dutch door.

Sure enough, she was over it and out of the barn in a blink of the eye. 

One other time they had the outside door of the barn, closed enough so she couldn’t squeeze through.

She got stuck, when she  jumped through a closed window.   Front half out, back side in.

Lots of broken glass, not a mark on her.

I think that takes care of the cows,  next I will try cars.

I realize I should have expounded on the Spiritual meaning, but I don’t think there is one.  

Hope it brought a chuckle.

2 Peter 1:17-21

2 Peter: 1. 17-21
For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.   And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.   We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:   Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.   For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

In the close, Peter reminds us of the voice of the Father saying “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

2 Peter 1:17-18
For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.   And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.

The Father told all who would hear 2 times, at the water baptism and at the Mount of Transfiguration “This is my beloved son.” 

This will likely cause some to pause but…..Jesus became the only begotten son at the resurrection.  He referred to Himself as the only begotten ….but wasn’t called that till after His death and Resurrection.

See Psalms 2:7
“I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.”

What day?  On earth He called Him beloved, on this day, (resurrection), He was begotten.

Hebrews 1:4-6
“Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.  For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?  And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.”

They Worshipped the baby for what He had given up, (devine power and stature) and what He would accomplish.  Shedding His blood for our sins.

2 Peter 1:19-21
“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:   Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.   For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

You may not agree on when Jesus became the “only begotten” and that is OK, in heaven we will learn many things that confuse us now.

whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:”

The truly important point of this first chapter of 2 Peter is that we learn to grow in Christ.  We continue to seek Him, love Him, and share Him to all we come in contact.

Matthew 5:16
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Go ye therefore and teach all Nations.”

2 Peter 1:17-21
“For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.   And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.   We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:   Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.   For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

Lord, change our hearts, that we become useful vessels of Your Love.

2 Peter 1:8,9 Study – The Fix-it Shop – Filling Station

Peter is giving us instructions on how to live a Godly life. In the first four verses of 2 Peter 1,  he tells is our “precious faith”, is the same faith as the Apostles.

He goes on to tell us, Jesus, “hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness,”  we can live a Godly life, a life of peace, joy and love.

He has also, “given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:”  wow…not just promises but exceeding great and precious promises.

That we might become, like Jesus, “having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”  

Jesus, beat the devil, the ways of this world, by knowing and living in the Word,  by speaking the Word.  We can too, that is the path to a victorious Godly life.  He then tells us to grow in the following ways, to exercise them in our life.

“faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, charity.”

Then another promise.

2 Peter: 1:8,9
For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.   But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.”

Throughout the Word the Lord causes the barren to be fruitful,   Peter is telling us how to become fruitful in our knowledge of Jesus.  By exercising these things, we will bare fruit, (bring many into the Kingdom.

If we fail to grow in these areas, we are blind and cannot see far off. 

Quite simply, we are not understanding the Lords plan and purpose for our Salvation.  

He shed His blood, not so we alone, can live with Him, but so all we bring with us, can also.  He came into the world, not to condemn but that through Him the world may be saved.

Have we forgotten why we were forgiven?  We have joined the heavenly host, we must train and prepare for Spiritual Battle. “Go ye therefore”

2 Peter: 1:8,9
For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.   But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.”

2 Peter 1:2 – Teaching Outline. – The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

This post will not be so long but I  believe interesting nevertheless.

2 Peter 1:2
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,”

“Grace and peace be multiplied unto you”
Grace, Gods unmerited Mercy and Favor is the typical explanation of its meaning,  but looking from its first mention:

“Noah found Grace in the sight of the Lord”

To Paul and sin and Grace is sufficient,  I believe we could substitute Salvation for Grace in many places.

Peace, is the Peace of God in the midst of our problems, strife of life, hurts and bad health.  It is the “Peace that passes understanding.”

Multiplied. …really?

through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,”

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2 Peter 1:1 – Teaching Outline -The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

As we look at 2 Peter 1:1,  We will try to understand his writings,  verse by verse, and sometimes word for word.   The common meanings and understandings can be different from how we perceive them.  So please allow me, to tell us, what we probably  already know.

2 Peter: 1. 1.
Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:”

Peter starts out telling us who he is:
A servant:
When he says servant he isn’t talking about the guy who mows your lawn or the nice lady that comes in once a week to clean.

  The word used for Servant of Christ, means Bond Slave or Love Slave.  In Biblical times you could become a slave if you didn’t pay your debts,  and stay a slave for 7 years or until the debt was paid.

Sometimes people were treated so well, they asked to stay provided for, cared for, protected by their Master.  He would back them up to the edge of the door and make a hole in their earlobe with an awl.

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partakers of? – The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Do you realize how much we partake in, (share, take part of or become like), the things and qualities of the world, or of God?   We really need to become more aware of what is entering our minds, bodies and souls.

Is it life and truth or death and destruction?

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Peppermint Chap Sticks: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

“Seek and ye shall find.”

My wife apparently loves Peppermint Chap Sticks,  she discovered them a few years ago. 

Unbeknownst to me, this year, she remembered she couldn’t find them last year.
(She thought).  Soooo…

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I hate to …?

We are proud parents today.  Our daughter graduated from UNCW.  

We had a great time visiting with her, her boyfriend, Bette’s sister and husband.

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She has always been a great kid…..now a wonderful adult.   Please pray with us that she finds a job that is fruitful, satisfying and interesting.

She is hoping to go into library science.

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given unto us: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Given unto us:

Have you ever considered the wonders the Lord has “given unto us”?  In the Old Testament the Blessings were tangible, physical, observable.

unto us is this land given in possession.”  

We see land promised and given to Gods people as a measure of the Lords pleasure.  If He was really pleased:

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Stir up thyself: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Stir up thyself

Do you know people who are always stirring things up?  Confusion, Strife, Upheavals, Discontent, all seem to be their best friends?

Do they seem angry, proud, full of wrath or hatred?   Do we?  Am I?

Proverbs 29:22
King James Version (KJV)
An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.

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Vain, me? – The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

I used to laugh at my brother as he aged and his hair and beard constantly went from grey to an unnatural brown.  How vain is he? I  thought to myself…..not me.

I was always skinny,  I could eat anything and not gain weight.  Then I  turned thirty and somehow a pot belly had appeared.   That’s ok, my wife married me anyway.

My grey, now, that implyed only wisdom,  not age.  No problem.

Then eating regular,  suddenly I was overweight.   An impossibly I was sure,  till I looked in the mirror or tried to see my feet. 

That was bad enough.

Then my belly erupted. …no hair dye would help, exercise, (not gonna happen), I was stuck and unhappy.   Then it got worse.

First, a foolish lift of a heavy piano, I felt it, something ripped. My beautiful dime sized belly button slowly evolved into a tennis ball attached to an already over sized waist.

Then a kidney removed. I thought I would have a indentation,  nope, a small ripple, a roll was on my side.  Now 7 years later it is a soccer ball.  

I find myself a side show,  pay your 25 cents and see the deformed human.  I am really ashamed of my shape.  Even if I, at this late date, exercised and lost a lot of this belly,  I would still have a tennis and soccer ball with me at all times.

Vain? You bet.  Ashamed? Absolutely.  Wanting to hide?  Yep. 

Vain and ashamed incorporated.   Forgive me Lord.

“and they followed vanity, and became vain”

Lord, help me to follow You.

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the Lord preserved David: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

“the Lord preserved David whithersoever he went.”

Four times the Bible tells us the the Lord protected, promoted and propelled David ahead of all others.  Wherever he went and whatever he did.  The way was made straight for him. 

Why?  Because he was a man after Gods own heart.  David understood how a Godly ruler, exercised supreme authority.

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Proverbs 29:2
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”

David was a righteous man.  Who can find a righteous man?

The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life:”

“A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast:”

“A righteous man hateth lying:”

Can any of us live up to these Testimonials of A Righteous Man?  Are our Words a well of life?  Do we hate lying?  Do we take care of that which serves us? 

God promoted David, because David promoted Godly virtues and character,  he stood with and before his people.  The people rejoiced in his service.

The law wasn’t given because of men like David,  Noah, Enoch, Abraham or Moses.  

No the law was given for the likes of you and me.

1 Timothy 1:9-10
King James Version (KJV)
Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;”

Without Jesus, I am all of  the above,  even with Jesus,  my carnal self wars with the Spiritual, and all too often, wins.

We must constantly agree with James if we are to be effective,  consistent and promoted servants of the Lord.

James 5:16
King James Version (KJV)
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

David lived a life a life after Gods own heart, a life that included repentance, remorse, a heart seeking to be Holy, Acceptable unto God. 

David knew this to be but his reasonable service.  He also knew:

the Lord preserved David whithersoever he went.   And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed judgment and justice unto all his people.”

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David decided to fill himself with Godly principles, wisdom  and intent.

We, like this empty jug, can be made  full.   What are we full of? 

Micah 6:8
King James Version (KJV)
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”

Hasn’t God shown us?  Can we not understand, believe, and walk in His will?

Lord, help us to be useful, effective servants.  People deserving of promotion, protection and of being propelled to lead Your chosen.

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in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Or:  “Help me get this beam out of my eye!”

I am a Right Wing, Spirit Filled, Conservative Christian.  I have spent the last 5 years in a church that loves the Lord but doesn’t believe the things of the Spirit are  for today.

They believe :
“Jesus died for me, saved me from eternal hell fire, but lied about the Gifts of the Spirit,  Signs, Wonders and Miracles being for me.”

Why do they believe this instead of what the Bible clearly states?   
What they have been taught, seen and heard all their lives.  PERSONAL EXPERIENCE.

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A Sun and Shield: Psalm 84 : 11-12 – 4 – The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Psalm 84:11-12

King James Version (KJV)

” 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 final phrase:

“O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.”

     》O Lord of Hosts:
He is no longer telling us who and what the Lord God is and does.  Now he is speaking  to the Lord Himself.  Letting Him know that the Psalmist recognized the blessings of God, that are available to those who trust Him.

     》Blessed is the man:
Blessed,  happy, fortunate, to be envied is the man, the individual, that knows the Lord enough to trust Him.

     》Trusteth in Thee:
O Lord,  that we would learn to trust, to rest in You, to believe You are and You are a rewarder of them that diligently seek You.

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Lord, I thank You for Your Blessings,  Your provision, Your Mercy and Grace.

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A Sun and Shield: Psalm 84:11,12 – 2 -The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Psalm 84:11-12
King James Version (KJV)
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.”

One of my favorite songs and Psalms.   Lively, upbeat, hopeful, the Word. Truth, for today.

Do you believe it?  Today let’s look at what the Lord has promised us.

the Lord will give grace and glory:”

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Hearing Gods voice? – The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

I have known Jesus as my Lord and Savior for over 30 years.  There have been times I have walked in His Yoke, beside Him,  doing His will in His way, seeing His results,  (Unfortunately only for short periods).

The majority of time, I have loved and acknowledged Him. Then gone  my own way, doing what I thought was important. Paying the bills, taking care of my wants and desires.

I have heard it said: “It’s ok to talk to God but if you hear Him answer you, you’re nuts”

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He staggered not at the promise : The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Romans 4:20
King James Version (KJV)
He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;”

Abram…..”Believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.”

I don’t know about you but I’m in the camp of:  “I believe Lord, help my unbelief.

Why do we have such a problem believing our needs to be met, or a loved one to be saved or healed?   We already believe the impossible. 

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Unity of Father, Son and Believers – The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

In John 17, we find Jesus with the Disciples in the Garden, where He prays for them and us.  Several points are brought out repeatedly,  I would like to look at what He prayed for all who belong to Him.

First:
Who is He praying for:
John 17:
“I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.”

What does He pray for:
“that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ,”
“they have believed that thou didst send me.”

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Go and sin no more: – The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

One of the most remarkable sayings of Jesus.  He told the woman caught in adultery to: “Go and sin no more.”

He also told the lame man from the pool of Bethesda the same when He saw him at the Temple.

So,oooo…..it apparently  is possible to “Go and sin no more.” 

Please don’t misunderstand,  I have read it, it is printed in red, Jesus told them, I have to believe they did it.

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