Franklin Memorial UMC: Home coming, theunfetteredpreacher

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Some 9 minutes of before service Praise, then the choir and I sing The Lighthouse.

Sorry, I had wanted to do this in 3 or 4 minute segments. No Joy, if too long fast forward to the 9 minute mark.

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And the people served the Lord: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

“And the people served the Lord “

I would love that to be what I was remembered for.  “Bill served the Lord.”  Wow,  if only that were accurate.  This would be closer to the truth:

“Bill desired to serve the Lord and sometimes did.”

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Judges 2:7
King James Version (KJV)
And the people served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the Lord, that he did for Israel.”

I have longed to see the great works of the Lord,  since before I found Him. 

As a matter of fact,  My prayer was that I wanted to know and serve a Lord of Power.   Not just of Words,  (hot air, empty prayers).

I am convinced that He brought me to Christian Retreat in Florida,  so I would see just that.   I lived,  worked and attended The Institute of Ministry and the Pastoral Training School.  

I worked there about 3 years.  Left there licenced and ordained to preach, teach,. . .   ready to marry and bury.   Did ok as an Evangelist,  failed as a Pastor.

Ran away from it,  (with my tail between my legs).  I still loved the Lord,  but had lost my hope and nerve.  

I didn’t understand how to work with His people.  To me they were Satans spawn.   They couldn’t be trusted,  relied on, or confided in.

That was wrong,  the problem was within me,  not them.   It took about 20 years in the desert for me to come around,  and realize the truth. 

Is it possible to understand why they served the Lord and then stopped?

“all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua”

Why stop then?  What happened? Are we experiencing the same problem today?   Few do the necessary work to know and  be used of the Lord.

“who had seen all the great works of the Lord, that he did for Israel.”

The people who had experienced the Lord.
Isaiah 41:20
That  they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the Lord hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.”

This is what we are missing today,  in our churches.  Very few have seen anything but a few healed souls, and we call that miracles.  When Jesus was in His home town all He could do was heal a few sick people.  Why?

Because of their unbelief.  They thought He was doing mighty things.  He couldn’t.  Same thing today, no earth shattering miracles, in the early  church people were healed by the Apostles shadows.  Raised from the dead.  

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Today our preaching puts more to sleep, then sets their faith on fire.  We have lost the Power of God.  Sorry folks we need todays Peter, Paul and James and John to rise out of our dead churches, and show us the way to the Holy of Holies, so we can find Grace and Mercy in our time of need.

Lord, help us to be usefull vessels of Your power and love.

Thank You.

(Are) the desires of thine heart. . . (just lust)? :

Psalm 37:4
Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

The desires of thine heart. . . . Sometimes our hearts desire is not a wonderful thing.  It could be something that brings us grief,  sorrow,  troubles and pain.

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We love to think of getting the desires of our hearts,  but we neclect to delight ourselves in the Lord;  and that my friend is our down fall.

Has our desire grown into lust?   Do we want something so badly that God will give us this desire,  even if it is hurtfull?   I have always concidered lust to be a sexual thing.

Mt 5:28
Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

We lust after many things,  not just sex.

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I heard the Lord say: 12/20/14

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“This is your last Christmas “.

IT WASN’T. It is funny how you can be sure you have heard His voice, and have misunderstood, miss heard, don’t understand the time frame. Well I am not sure which I did, but I have lived through an other Christmas.

If you are Interested, this is the post that was supposed to follow my departure.

If you are reading this, that was a word from the Lord. As I write, It is now April of 2015, I feel alot better than I  did in December.  But I  woke up this morning  with the thought to get my house in order.

Today I tune a couple of pianos for Gail Ebron.  What a treasure she and Gene have been.  God fearing customers since I started in business, along with the Tunnels probably my most steady customers for 20 years.  Thank you.

I  do have a very small life insurance policy,  but I am afraid my trust is in God to take care of Bette and Celeste. I am sure He will do a better job without the help I’ve given Him the last 30 years.

My 2 girls have been my biggest blessing,  they have given me love and joy that I  have not deserved.  I am so proud of them both.  It is just God, that I ended up with such a wonderful family.

I failed  to be the miracle working man of God I desired to be.  I tried to Submit to God and Resist the Devil.  I wanted to be a useful vessel.  A man God could trust, rely on, depend on, to walk with Jesus.

Some days I almost am.  Others I am out in the puker brush doing my own thing.  God forgive me.  I ‘m not anything but a sinner saved by His Grace.

Work wise I have a few pianos I wish I had never seen.  Work that I failed, never should have attempted.   I gave every job my best, on some my lack of knowledge, experience led me down the garden path.  Thank God I  gained the knowledge and experience to see fewer of these each year.

Other than family, this blog has given me a reason to go on.  It has been a blessing to share whatever insights I’ve received from the Lord. I  pray it has caused some to get a little closer to our Saviour.

I may add more to this as time goes by.

12/16/15
Get your house in order….I have failed at that also. Will I die before Christmas? Some days I think so. Others I feel fine, till I don’t.

I need to finish getting the piano parts ready for Bette to sell, same with the train things. There is so much stuff I should throw away, before I go away.

More importantly, Celeste graduated from UNCW, with a gold cord…so proud, Lord, please bless her with work she enjoys and is financially satisfying.

Taylor is a good kid, bless them both please Lord. If they marry, may he be a better husband, father and provider then I have been.

I worry about Bette, lots of low sugars lately…Lord, please guide and protect her….Thank You for her, she is a blessing.

Lord, thank you for this blog and the people who have read, followed and liked my writing. I pray You have been Glorified as I have been satisfied. I do hope You have used it to touch hearts.

I look at this, (the blog), as all I have to leave my girls, and they don’t even read it. I had hoped a book would be the result of some posts…..lol.

Jesus, thanks for allowing me to teach your Word at FMUMC. I pray they walk closer to You because of what they have learned.

The choir has been a blessing also. Thanks.

Bless our extended families. I trust You will take care of my girls. I love You.
Blessings

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I am obviously alive, it doesn’t change my feelings of failure, regret, and satisfaction. Our lives don’t run in a straight line, we weave and bob, zig and zag.

We do our best to be the people we dream to be. Faithful, loving, selfless, forgiving, helpful, joyful, peaceful, Christ like.

Well, there’s always next year.
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Blessings to all. May the Lord, help us to see Him as we look at our reflections in the eyes of others. Change our hearts O Lord. . . .

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The Lord knows: – The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Sexual Sin:   Do I have your attention?

Sex sells but you can get arrested for selling Sex.    

Jesus said:
” I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”

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2 Peter 2:14
King James Version (KJV)
Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:

But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.

Eyes full of adultery,  and that cannot cease from sin.  This is pretty serious stuff.  Those who:  Walk after the lust of the flesh,  of uncleaness,  selfwilled. . . Who are not afraid to speak evil.   They have exercised their hearts with covetous practises. . .

Wow…..Lord,  we have a problem.   I am so glad that this next verses are truth:

2 Peter 2:9
The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

Galatians 5:18-21
King James Version (KJV)
But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

Revelation 2:21-23
King James Version (KJV)
And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.
Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.  And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

Lord,  Help us to repent.   Help us to walk in Your Light.  May Your light shine through us.  May people run to YOUR LIGHT.

There is hope, in the Lord. Don’t give up.

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                         Don’t give up hope, 
                            we can survive.  
                           Gods on our side.
                         MERRY  CHRISTMAS

2 Peter 1:4 Study The Fix-it Shop -Filling Station

As we study the next verse we find a wonderful promises, we need to grab with both hands.

2 Peter: 1. 4.
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:

We really can not comprehend the blessings the Lord has for those who learn to walk in His Yoke, by His side, doing His will at His direction and in His Power.

Exodus: 1. 7.
“And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.”

Ephesians: 3. 20.
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

All through the Word we find the Lord blessing His chosen.   We are His chosen today, we shouldn’t be in want, or fear, but full of “Power and of Love and a Sound Mind.”   He loves us, won’t “give a stone when we ask for bread.”

ye might be partakers of the divine nature,

The Word tells us we are partakers of the divine (Godly) nature.  The Word tells us we are partakers of many things.

partakers of my grace., partakers of his promise ,partakers of the inheritance, partakers of the sufferings, partakers of the benefit, partakers of the heavenly calling, partakers of the Holy Ghost,partakers of his holiness.partakers of Christ’s sufferings, partakers of the divine nature, be not partakers of her sins, partakers of that one bread.partakers of his promise,partakers of the Lord’s table, partakers of their spiritual things,”

divine nature,
We become sons, and Hebrews 6:4-5, can be quite exciting when we grasp its meaning.

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

We have been enlightened,  (we know and recognize the Lord).  So we have tasted Salvation,  the heavenly gift.  We have the Holy Spirit, we need to allow Him freedom to work.

We taste the good Word of God, and we should have a taste of the Powers of the world to come. (The Gifts of the Spirit working through us).

John 1;12
“12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”

Romans 8;8-11
So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”

Romans 8:29
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

The Precious Promises are a way to conquer sin and death in our lives.  We can if we just learn to trust and walk in Him.  Be conformed to His image.

having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

Lust, Greed, Covetousness, Pride, feet that shed inocent blood, lying tounges,  sowing discontent.  I  haven’t checked but I  think these are in Proverbs 6, the 7 deadly sins.

2 Peter: 1. 4.
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

Lord, help us to claim and live in Your Precious Promises.

Bible bits and bytes: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

We tend to think of multitudes wherever Jesus went. Why?

Matthew uses the word 16 times, Luke twice

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Much people :
Mark, (3 times),Luke (4, in acts 6) and John (3 times) all  use much people.

A freind once asked why Faith healers always had people falling down? (Slain in the Spirit ).
He said we don’t see that in the Bible.

Fell down meeting Jesus :

Matthew – 3 times
Mark – 2 and twice at his feet
Luke –  7 and 3
John  – 1

How many times – immediately healed, immediately left, immediately did:
Mt – 6
Mk – 16
Lu – 9
Jo – 4
Acts – 11
Gal – 1
Rev – 1

Straightaway or straightway :
Mt – 8
Mk – 19
Lu – 4
Jo – 1
Acts – 4

Will knowing this help in any way?  Probably not but I  thought it was interesting.

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Lord, help us to see and understand what we read.

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There is no help for him in God. – The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

That is where I was.  A drunkerd,  pot head, a man  actively seeking comfort from married women.  A mouth unfit for civil society.   (All things that seem to be accepted today).

When I was young and stupid, I was young and stupid.

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Can’t find God ? – PRAISE – The Fix-it Shop-Filling

I’ve been feeling forgotten, the Lord has been distant, uncaring, I ‘ve prayed for nought.  No answer, silence, is the Lord taking a walk?

Maybe He is napping?  Mayhaps He has taken His hand off the tiller of my life?

I have been floundering, sinking, lost in the storm.

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How long, oh Lord? – The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

How long, oh Lord? How long will the heavens be as brass? How long will You ignore me?

Hide not Your face, Let your peace and joy fill my heart.  Answer my plea. 

You are my shepherd, I shall not want. Those are your words, Lord.

Your word is truth. You are not a man that you should lie.

Thank you lord, for the answers I do not yet see. I Love You Jesus.

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Is this a scripture?

“The Lord watches over His Word to perform  it”

 

If it’s scripture, what’s the address?

 

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By this I know, being fully persuaded : The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Last Tuesday in our mens meeting, both of these phrases were mentioned.  “By this I know and I am fully persuaded.”

They are both found in Scripture.

By this I know :
   *  The word of the Lord in your mouth is true. Her son was raised from the dead.  (1 Kings  17)
By this I know :
   *  That you love me, because my enemy did not triumph over me.  (Psalm 41)
By this I know:
   *  When I cry unto you, my enemies turn away, because you are for me.  (Psalm 56)

I am fully persuaded :
   *  That what you have promised, will be done.
(Romans 4)

Do you know? Are you fully persuaded?

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How long, ye simple ones?

Proverbs 1:22a,25a
” How long, ye simple ones?

But ye have set at nought all my counsel, “

I must be the simplist  of the simple. 

After 20 some odd years, you would think I would learn. 

When someone asks your professional  advice, then they do not  follow your council.

The only smart thing to do is to leave them, stay away, run as fast as you can.  If you stay…..

It doesn’t matter what you do to try to rectify their error. They will always blame you, when what they expected  doesn’t work as they wanted.

If they won’t listen, leave.

The Wisdom of a discouraged simpleton.

Please pray that I will have wisdom and grace, favour with God and man.

Revelation Knowledge? : The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

My Pastor Davis Jones opened my eyes this AM. He noted the Scriptures; I am expounding on that Revelation.   For the thirty five years I have been saved I have believed man is made in the image of God.  In Genesis we find that Adam was made in Gods image

Then Adam sinned;  This caused  a Spiritual death.  He was no longer immortal and became  Adam the sinner man. 

Understand before they sinned, Adam and Eve had free access to and could freely eat of the Tree of Life.  Until  sin there was no death.  After sin Adam lives eight or nine hundred years before physical death but Spiritual death was immediate.

Genesis 2:17
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

God kicked them out of the garden so they couldn’t partake of Tree of Life, after they had sinned and had eaten of the Tree of knowledge of good and evil.

So now we get to the meat of the matter:

Genesis 4:25-26
“And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew. And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the Lord.”

If we stop there we understand all Adams children were made in the image of God. The next chapter should cause us to reconsider.

Gen 5:3
“And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, and after his image; and called his name Seth:”

Adam begat a son in his own likeness and image. Since the fall the Holy Spirit would come upon individuals as He willed. Man was appointed a day to be born and a day to die physically. The Holy Spirit came upon the worthy (Moses, Joshua, David ), and the unworthy (Samson, Saul), alike, according to his work and will.

After Jesus, it was promised that the Holy Spirit would live within, giving us once again eternal life. So the children that are born to Spirit Filled Believers, (all who except Christ as Lord have a measure of the Spirit ), are born in the image of our heavenly Father and therefore fall under the protection of:

Deuteronomy 7:9
Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;”

Now does this mean Children of Christian parents have a free ticket to heaven? NO.

Exodus 34:7
“Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.”<

The sins on the unrepentant fathers is passed dowto the third and forth generation. The child born of Christian parents has a leg up. The Lord shows Mercy,forgives iniquity and transgression (original sin?), until sin, rebellion enters their lives.

To me that means babies that die of Christians are with the Lord. Our Children that stay in the Ark of our covering, will be blessed by the Lord. They will have to make the decision to Follow the Lord but will not have to hit bottom to realize the need of Salvation.

Please look up “Your God is too small”, ” How big is your God” and “Who than shall be saved?” in my archives for Scripture.

Our Children are truly blessed. I believe the Word of God and the examples we find of Gods mercy and grace.

Life is great, until it isn’t. – The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Life was great, I was drinking coffee out of my favorite cup. It was a gift from my daughter on her trip to Minnesota, uff da, is a Norwegian expression, it means oh my, or shucks, or even oot oh.

I have several uff da cups, every time my wife or daughter  go to Minnesota, they get me a new one.

This was the first one that was made as a deformed Cup.

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take heed to your spirit, — The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

We find this warning in the book of Malachi, the full quote from the Amplified Bible is this:

“Therefore keep a watch upon your spirit [that it may be controlled by My Spirit], that you deal not treacherously and faithlessly [with your marriage mate].”

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A peculiar treasure – The Fix- it Shop – Filling Station

Is there something in your life that you treasure? A car your home a piece of jewelry?  It could be anything , a picture, a peice of furniture, something you treasure beyond all be else.

I have a few things, a jewelry box my grandfather made as his senior project in wood shop.

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My father made a table, with shelves for books and a drawer that locks.  Also a senior project.

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On my mothers side I have my great grandfathers clock….We have this beautiful mirror from my wife’s side of the family.

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I treasure these things , and would hate to lose them but they really are not important.

What I treasure most, ( in this world), is my wife and daughter, They love the Lord.  My wife sets a great example.

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The treasure, I would  bring to your attention, is beyond price, it’s mercy and grace, salvation and the peace of God that passes all understanding.

It is the blessing of knowing and walking with Jesus. Of learning to take up his yolk and to do his work and his will.

That is a treasure to hold onto and keep every day of our life.  God has paculiar treasures also.

Do you know what God considered a treasure? We find it mentioned in Exodus 19:5.

” Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:”

To be God’s peculiar treasure, all we need to do is obey his voice and keep the covenant.

The covenant is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and love our neighbors as ourselves.

Deuteronomy 7:6 tell us a little more about being a peculiar treasure for God.

“For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.”

If we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, we are a special people to God, a holy people, a people loved by God and forgiven.

1 Peter 2:9
” But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;  Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”

A people who can go into the Holy of Holies to find grace and mercy in our times of need.

Are you a peculiar treasure unto  God, do you seek to walk with Him, to know Him, to love Him, to be obedient to Him ?

Are only real requirement is love. If we love, we will find ourselves sharing His awesome greatness, His unfettered love grace mercy and forgiveness.

As we seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, all of our needs will be fulfilled, we will find ourselves sharing his greatness everywhere.

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Lord please, change my heart, make me a vessel that You can use to draw people to You, to heal the sick, to comfort the hurting, to cause the blind see, the deaf to hear and those with hard hearts to turn towards you.

Thank you for your word, your power, your grace and your love.