Epaphras: An unsung giant: theufetteredpreacher

Epaphras, who was he? We find him mentioned only in the books of Colossians, and Philemon.

In Philemon 23, we learn Epaphras was a fellow prisoner, with Paul.

He was a prisoner with Paul, because he was not ashamed to proclaim the Gospel.

We know, from Paul’s writing in Colossians 1 and 4:

~ Epaphras was our dear fellowservant.

He was not just a fellow prisoner, but a fellow servant. A Willing follower and Worker for Christ.

A man who is not afraid, to proclaim his Faith, his Belief, even if it leads to mockery, scorn, stripes, and even prison.

~ A faithful minister of Christ;

Saints, he didn’t just proclaim the Gospel, he lived it. The first century Christians, proclaimed the Gospel in the Power of the Holy Spirit.

Eastons Bible Dictionary defines a Minister as:

□ a subordinate officer or assistant employed in relation to the ministry of the gospel.

one who serves, as distinguished from the Master.

(See the Ministry Gifts Roman 12:4-9; Ephesians 4:11-12)

Moses, and Elijah’s Ministers, stayed by their sides, made sure their needs were supplied, their orders followed.

They are invisible, supporting the Master. Everything they do points to, Magnifies, Glorifies, Lifts up their Master. (Some people are naturally Ministers to those they respect)

Acts 4:29-31(KJV)

And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,

By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.

And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

A powerful prayer, note please, they prayed; Lord, do what you have promised.

A faithful Minister did not just speak the Word. He was and should be, the Lord’s delivery man.

They delivered by the Power of the Holy Spirit, healing, comfort, peace, joy and the Love of Christ.

The Lord longs to touch and meet the needs of His people. He longs to use us to be the vehicle of His Grace.

We need to forget about ourselves, our wants desires, plans, and concentrate on pleasing Him.

We need to Know Him, and the Power of His Resurrection, the Fellowship of His sufferings, we must, be conformed to His image. (Philippians 3),

We should be invisible, pointing all to Christ.

~ Epaphras, also declared your love in the Spirit.

We heard:

☆ of your faith in Christ Jesus,

☆ of the love which ye have to all the saints,
☆ of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven.

This truth of the gospel; came to you because of the Faith and Zeal of Epaphras.

☆ that Gospel, brought forth fruit, since the day ye heard of it, and you knew the grace of God in truth:

Colossians 4:

Tells us of the Zeal of Epaphras, how he labors for the people in fervent, effective prayers that availeth much. (James 5)

We all, (every Church, fellowship, Christian), need an Epaphras, someone who loves us enough to battle in the Spiritual, for our mortal souls.

Who sees beyond this physical world into the next.

Are you an Epaphras?

Or do you fail, like I do, to make the cut.

There was another unsung giant, Onesimus.

In Philemon, Paul tells us, Onesimus, was at one time unprofitable to Philemon.

Through the Power of the Holy Spirit, he became so useful, Paul would have kept him as his own Minister, but felt that Philemon should receive Onesimus as a beloved brother.

To receive Onesimus, as he would Paul. If he had done Philemon any wrong, he was to forgive him, and charge it to Paul’s account.

In Colossians 4, we find Onesimus, to be a faithful and beloved brother.

If we have missed the mark, there is still time to change, to become a useful, truthful, trustworthy servant of God.

To learn to enter into the throne room of Grace, to receive the Grace and Mercy we need this day, hour or minute.

The Lord desires to walk with us, to empower those who are willing to accept the responsibility, the mantle of Leadership, in His Kingdom.

The Birthday Blues: Theunfetteredpreacher

For her birthday in August, my wife wanted to replace our green shutters for ‘new blue shutters’.

Someone had told her, for a house to look good, it should have 3 colors.

Ours, when we bought it, was:

Gray House with White Trim..

She decided, at that time, for green shutters and front door.

It did look nice….

This year she decided to go with blue, instead of green.

Fine, I special ordered the shutters. (In August). Do to health and laziness, I put them up yesterday. (October 20th)

I decided to do them one at a time. I started with the most western window.

The original green set, came with both plastic and regular screws. I mistakenly used a couple of the plastic.

They would not unscrew, I had to break the heads off and drill them out.

I did this, put the new shutter on.

Something did not look right.

I stepped back, looked and realized I had put the green shutter back on….

Nothing like doing the same job twice, that warms the heart. lol

The first set, took forever to install, a nap, and the second set, was a breeze. (Who am I kidding, it was a pain in the neck.

Blue shutters up, Wife happy…. Worth it.

Mountain and Moses: theunfetteredpreacher

We know the story of Moses receiving the Ten Commandments from God. How the first tablets were broken, and Moses went again up the Mountain to receive the replacements.

So Moses went up the Mountain twice, alone. Right? Wrong. He ascended the Mountain, six times.

We need to reread the story, it’s a bit more complex.

The first trip is recorded in Exodus 19:1-6 He received a fairly straightforward message from God to the people.

Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel;

Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself.

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:

And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

The Lord told him to sanctify the people for the third day.

The second trip up the Mountain is in Exodus 19:16-24.

“Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount.

And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly.

And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice.

And the LORD came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the LORD called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up.”

The Lord then sent Moses back down, to make sure no one tried to see the Lord.

Then told him to come back up with Aaron.

The Third trip.

At this point, God tells Moses and Aaron the Ten Commandments. In Exodus 20:18-22:

And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.

And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.

And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.

And the LORD said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven.”

The Problem the Church has today, is the people still want someone else to talk with God and relay His Word.

God tells us to come boldly to the throne of grace, and receive the mercy and grace we need.

The Forth trip is in Exodus 24:32

Moses, Aaron, Nadab and Abihu and seventy elders this trip.

“And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness.

And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink.

And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.”

Now Moses continues up the Mountain, with Joshua to receive the Ten Commandments.

And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God.

And he said unto the elders, Tarry ye here for us, until we come again unto you: and, behold, Aaron and Hur are with you: if any man have any matters to do, let him come unto them.

We do not know how far Joshua went up the Mountain, I believe he stayed at Moses side.

“Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.”

“God gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.”

“The LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves:”

I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people:

Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.”

Moses prayed for the people, reminded God of His promises, and God repented, changed His mind.

“And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand: the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written.

And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.

And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said unto Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp.

And he said, It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery, neither is it the voice of them that cry for being overcome: but the noise of them that sing do I hear.

And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses’ anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount.”

Fifth trip is in Exodus 32:30-35, Moses prayed once again,

And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses said unto the people, Ye have sinned a great sin: and now I will go up unto the LORD; peradventure I shall make an atonement for your sin.

And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.

Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin–; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.

And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.

Therefore now go, lead the people unto the place of which I have spoken unto thee: behold, mine Angel shall go before thee: nevertheless in the day when I visit I will visit their sin upon them.

And the LORD plagued the people, because they made the calf, which Aaron made.

After this they built the Tabernacle in the wilderness. Exodus 33: 7.

And Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it without the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the Tabernacle of the congregation. And it came to pass, that every one which sought the LORD went out unto the tabernacle of the congregation, which was without the camp.

And it came to pass, when Moses went out unto the tabernacle, that all the people rose up, and stood every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses, until he was gone into the tabernacle.

And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the LORD talked with Moses.

And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door: and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door.

And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.

And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight.

It was after this, in Exodus 34, that Moses made his own tables of stone, and went back up the Mountain, for another 40 days and nights to receive the Ten Commandments, once again.

His Sixth trip up the Mountain.

The First Order of Business: REST 2: theunfetteredpreacher

To learn to REST.

Hebrews 4
Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.”

Adam and Rest:

The first day of Adam and Eves lives, was the Sabbath, a day of Rest.

Adam had been told he had dominion over the fish of the sea, the fowls of the air, and all living things, of the earth.

That plants, and every green herb were for meat. (Some speculate, before the fall, they were vegetarians).

He lost the close fellowship, the Rest of walking with God, at the time of the fall, he experienced Spiritual Death.

Noah and Rest:

Noah, whose name means Rest, found grace in the eyes of the Lord. He was just and perfect in his Generation. He walked with God.

At five hundred years old, he was told to build the Ark. It was a project that took one hundred years. As he was entering the Ark the Lord told him he was the Righteous of his Generation.

Righteousness and Rest, are joined at the hip. Peter said, Noah was a Preacher of Righteousness. The writer of Hebrews called him, the heir of Righteousness.

His Rest was in his obedience to the Lord, he believed and built the Ark. He warned the world, for one hundred years, no one listened.

There were none saved, in the flood, but his wife and children. Yet, Noah found Rest, in accomplishing the will of the Lord, we can also find Rest; when we are obedient to and walk in the Lord’s plan.

Moses and Rest:

For Moses, Rest did not come easily. As he led the Hebrew people out of captivity, they saw many signs, wonders and miracles.

Yet, sin seemed to multiply under Moses leadership.

When the people sinned, (the Lord, would have destroyed this people.

Moses reminded the Lord, of His promise, to the people, and the Lord, repented, (changed His mind), and the people were not destroyed.

We find, while they wondered the desert, (for forty years), they gathered Manna that fell from heaven six days a week. None on the seventh day.

They needed to gather and cook, on the sixth day, enough, so that they could observe the Rest, of the Sabbath.

Moses, frustrated, (for once again, the people had sinned), had a conversation with the Lord.

Exodus 33:12-15

And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight.

Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.

And he (The Lord), said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee Rest.

And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.”

Moses, prayed a prayer, we should all pray.

~ shew me now thy way.

We should always seek the ways and will of the Lord. It is easy to do things man’s way, and claim the credit.

If we allow God to work, we may wait, for the results, but we cannot claim the credit.

~ that I may know thee.

It is not enough, to know His ways, we need to know Him, to learn to be comfortable in His presence, to live a life of loving obedience.

We need to understand His time, His way, His purpose.

~ that I may find grace in thy sight.

Grace – Gods blessing of Salvation, His Comfort, Peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.

His Grace is the place of Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit. The only place we find His Rest.

We should always seek the place of Rest in the Lord. It is found in obedience and righteousness, (believing God).

Are we missing the mark, are we, restless, ineffective, frustrated?

Seek His REST. Accept His Grace, walk in Righteousness.

Learn to find and stay in His Rest. He is a rock, and this ways are perfect.

Walk with Him. Amen

Our First Order of Business, REST: 1 : theunfetteredpreacher

God reveals His truths to any and all who will recognize and accept them.

This is a Scriptures I hold dear, realizing there is much more to learn.

Deuteronomy 29:29 (KJV)
The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.”

David Jones, who was the Pastor of the UMC, (where I play piano), speaking under the Anointing of God, (in passing), pointed out, that the first thing man had to learn, was to rest in God.

REALLY? Is that true?

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What is more important? theunfetteredpreacher

What is more important? What we believe? Or what the Bible actually says?

In my life, if I find the Bible contradicting what I’ve always thought or believed. I search the Word for the truth.

If I find two or three scriptures that agree? I have a choice to make.

Do I change my beliefs, or cling to my old ways?

So far, and I hope forever, I will throw out the old and believe the Word.

It breaks my heart, that so many will not search the scriptures and see if it is true.

They reject, out of hand, that they may have been taught incorrect information.

Their Pastors, Daddies, or Church Doctrine have authority over the written Word.

Sad. We must study to show ourselves approved, workmen rightly dividing the truth.

I only wish we would. Amen

The STRAW: theunfetteredpreacher

The last straw, the straw that broke the camels back, building bricks without straw.

Before I started playing piano for this UMC, the burden of my heart was to have people come to know the Lord.

I foolishly believed, that once they knew and experienced the Grace of God, they would hunger and thirst for more.

More Righteousness, peace and joy, in the Holy Ghost. MORE JESUS.

To have experienced forgiveness, and not to seek more, to me was unthinkable.

Reality sinks in slowly. Reality, breaks my spirit.

Has the last straw dropped?

Or,

Am I that straw?

Lord, help… Lord, a Word of Wisdom is desired. Amen

Do I go or do I stay?

Why all the Confusion today? theunfetteredpreacher

From the NFL, Stand, kneel, hand over heart, or locked arms?

They claim; “It’s not the flag or military, we dishonour, we have just chosen the time we would normally honor them, to dishonour.”

Really?

How about, Dr Suess, is he, out of date, racist, tired and worn out, or fun and entertaining?

Men are women and women are men. Oh dear, what bathrooms do we use?

How has this come to be? What has happened, that common sense, has left the building.

The greatest generation has raised a clueless, confused and gullible, generation.

Our generation never grew up.

Make love not war. If it tastes good eat it. If it feels good do it. If you like it do it again.

Don’t tell me, not to do that. Who do you think you are? Don’t you dare judge me…

Nobody knows, how hard my life is. I need to kick the dog, beat up my wife, abuse my kids.

I am just letting off steam. It’s none of your business.

How did we come to this, state of Confusion?

I was not surprised, to find the answer in the Bible.

God is not the author of confusion, but of love, peace and joy. So what happened?

Man’s freewill. We have many warnings in the Word. Know God, know Peace.

Harkin Diligently, to do and follow God, Blessings result, even in the midst of trials and tribulation.

Reject God and His Word, we see the results in the world we are experiencing.

I leave you with three chapters, to read. I will just include some of the relevant scriptures here.

Sorry guys, sexual sin, legalized, practiced and praised. Please take the time to read the full chapters.

Sex is a beautiful special gift to mankind. To be enjoyed, by a man and woman in their marriage bed.

Leviticus 18:22-23

Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.”

Leviticus 20:12-13

And if a man lie with his daughter in law, both of them shall surely be put to death: they have wrought confusion; their blood shall be upon them.

If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

The marriage bed was a gift, we turned it into our own curse.

Romans 1:20-25

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

Saints, the confusion, the shootings, the racial unrest, the troubles we face daily, abound because of sin.

Our freewill, the gift from God, has allowed us to deny, His love and grace.

Showing respect, knowing which bathroom to use, even the use and abuse, of guns, are not controlled by our laws, but only by our LOVE OF GOD.

We need to pray our country back to where God is Glorified and Honoured, even in with different forms of Worship.

God is bigger and more powerful than we allow Him to be.

Seek His Face….. Find Forgiveness and Love….. Share that with those you disagree with.

Let God change our hearts and minds.

Peace, wonderful peace is within reach.

Amen

I long to preach this: theunfetteredpreacher

Psalm 32 (AMPC)

Psalm 32

[A Psalm of David.] A skillful song, or a didactic or reflective poem.

“Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is he who has forgiveness of his transgression continually exercised upon him, whose sin is covered.

Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

When I kept silence [before I confessed], my bones wasted away through my groaning all the day long.

For day and night Your hand [of displeasure] was heavy upon me; my moisture was turned into the drought of summer. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide. I said, I will confess my transgressions to the Lord [continually unfolding the past till all is told]—then You [instantly] forgave me the guilt and iniquity of my sin. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

For this [forgiveness] let everyone who is godly pray—pray to You in a time when You may be found; surely when the great waters [of trial] overflow, they shall not reach [the spirit in] him.

You are a hiding place for me; You, Lord, preserve me from trouble, You surround me with songs and shouts of deliverance. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

I [the Lord] will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.

Be not like the horse or the mule, which lack understanding, which must have their mouths held firm with bit and bridle, or else they will not come with you.

Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but he who trusts in, relies on, and confidently leans on the Lord shall be compassed about with mercy and with loving-kindness.

Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you [uncompromisingly] righteous [you who are upright and in right standing with Him]; shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
AMEN

What we Should Preach: theunfetteredpreacher

What would you preach, from these scriptures?

Matthew 9:35-38

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

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

Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;

Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

Matthew 10:1-8

And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;

Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus;

Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:

But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

I heard the Word today…. oh boy…

Using the scriptures above, what would you preach?

It speaks of teaching and preaching, the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Not just teach and preach, but called to do.

Heal every sickness and disease, to have compassion and pray.

He gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

Go and Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

The last line, freely ye have received, freely give.

To me in Context we should freely give the Gospel, freely heal and set free the captives of sickness or Satan.

If we continued to read we find they were told that the people they gave the Gospel to, were to supply their needs.

My sad point is, the preacher who used this Scripture to preach, used the last line, “freely ye have received, freely give.”

To talk about, helping our neighbors, fulfilling their needs, cleaning and cooking, doing laundry.

All good things, even Godly things. Just not what the Scripture was teaching us, and the reason the Church is Powerless today.

We need to act on and believe the Full Council of God.

No more power to weep: theunfetteredpreacher

My friend Pastor Nelson, paid me a visit this week. As always, when I see him, I am encouraged.

I’ve had “no more power to weep.” For a few weeks now. I do not understand what the Lord is doing in my life.

Are the desires of my heart, from God? Or are they carnal, flesh pleasing, selfish desires, of man?

I believe the Lord has opened my eyes to His word, and given me understanding.

I still have a problem bringing understanding of these truths, to immature Christians.

The things of the Spirit, for the Carnal, are as impossible to believe, as the need of Salvation, is for the lost.

For these things I weep; mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water, because the comforter that should relieve my soul is far from me: my children are desolate, because the enemy prevailed.” (Lamentations 1)

At times, it seems the Comforter is far from me. The enemy has set up a wall, has prevailed, has defeated me.

I have no strength to continue.

I encourage myself in the Lord. Amen

The Woman at the well: theunfetteredpreacher

John 4:5-42 (KJV)

The Woman at the well, the first missionary. A story we have been taught, told, and have heard, multitudes of times.

A Jew, speaking to a Samaritan woman.

This was just, not, done.

Jesus’s behavior, doesn’t line up, with the standards, laws and expectations, of the Religious Leaders. (They never appreciate that).

Some thoughts;

I believe this is the first instance of Jesus, proclaiming, admitting, pointing out, that He was the Messiah. The Saviour of mankind. (This truth has set her free).

She left to share the message, and left her water jug behind.

When we meet the Master, we need to leave behind, our worldly concerns, so we proclaim His Glory, Majesty, Faithfulness.

We cannot hide this light under a basket, we cannot, keep this truth to ourselves, we are empowered, anointed, driven by the Holy Spirit, to share this Good News.

Many believed because of her testimony. More believed, when they heard from Jesus, personally.

I believe there is more for us to learn.

Jesus, allowed the Holy Spirit to lead Him to the truth, by the Words of Wisdom and Knowledge, (of the womans past), and by the Discerning of her Spirit. (He confided in her, because He knew her heart, that she would believe, and receive).

He steered her to the Spiritual while she was focused, on the natural.

He was showing us, the Holy Spirit can and will lead us to all truth. He will show us who to, and how to reach those He would touch.

We still struggle with living the Spiritual life. We haven’t learned to Worship in Spirit and Truth.

We must learn to take the Kingdom by force. It is a fight, for our souls….

We shall know the truth, and the truth will set us free. Amen

John 4:5-42 (KJV)

5 Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.
8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)
9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.
17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband:
18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.
19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.
27 And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?
28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,
29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?
30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.
31 In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.
32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?
34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.
37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.
38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.
39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did.
40 So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days.
41 And many more believed because of his own word;
42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

Cleansing of the Temple: theunfetteredpreacher

John 2:13-25. Mark 11:15-16. Luke 19:45-46

The cleansing of the Temple, is recorded in three of the four Gospels. In John it happens in the beginning of Jesus’s ministry, in the other two, near the end.

Several commentators think they are seperate events. (Me… ?)

The most complete accounting, is in the book of John, and happens shortly after Jesus turned water into wine.

Straightaway, we find the Religious upset with Jesus, (the word of God).

When Jesus saw the moneychangers, He did not just start turning over tables.

He first, fashioned a scourge, (a wip), and then proceeded to Cleanse the Temple.

(This was not spontaneous rage, this was the Deliberate, Passionate, Zeal of the Lord).

He drove the sacrificial, sheep and oxen, from the Temple. These were animals the wealthiest would purchase for sacrifices.

He turned over the sellers tables, scattering their profits, on the floor.

Then He came to those selling Doves. It tells us He upset their seats, not tables, He did not scatter money, but told them:

Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.”

Why the difference? The Doves and other fowls, were the sacrifices of the poor.

Those who sold them, were making the least profit, He didn’t release the birds out of their cages. (He allowed the sellers to take the birds, from the Temple, themselves).

Jesus, in His Righteous Zeal, still had compassion on those who were worthy of compassion.

Now we find the Religious, questioning His Authority, His motives for His actions.

What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?”

The Religious, always want a sign. They know, what they know and refuse to believe there might be more to learn.

They believe, they have cornered the market, of Godly Revelation.

Jesus answered: “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

He was speaking of His death and resurrection.

He was revealing the Spiritual, they were locked in on the Natural. His Disciples, understood, after He Rose from the Dead.

He did many miracles, while in Jerusalem, that were not recorded.

Many believed on His Name, when they witnessed these miracles.

Jesus had received words of wisdom and knowledge, from the Spirit, and knowing their hearts, did not invite them to follow.

Saints, we should be seeking to be proficient in the Working, of the Gifts of the Spirit.

The Lord sends them for the building of His Church.

When we refuse, to seek, to desire, to understand, God’s gifts, His tools, we fail to build His Church.

We have a powerless Gospel, ineffective, unworthy, of His Presence, a gathering of Rituals and Ceremonies, a quiet, slow death.

Jesus gave us life. We need to share the Gospel, in Spirit and Truth. Amen

John 2:13-25 (KJV)

13 And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:
15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;
16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.
17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
18 Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?
19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?
21 But he spake of the temple of his body.
22 When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.
23 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.
24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men,
25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.

Mark 11:15-18

And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;

16. And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.

17. And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.

18. And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine.

Luke 19:45-46

And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought;

46. Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.

Lust, revisited: theunfetteredpreacher

For years, I believed Lust, was just about sex. It isn’t.

Lust isn’t just something that young boys and old men battle. It is a battle all, male and females fight.

Lust is covetousness. It is:

The apple is good to make one wise, to be like God.

The guy across the street got a new car… (I need one).

Why did he get the promotion? I ‘m better, smarter, work harder, and more deserving than him.

Lust is a big problem for Pastors also.

I have heard, from Pastors…

All they do is music and drama, I heard they allow drinking, they don’t preach the true Gospel, like I do.

They teach a false Gospel, they itch the ears of the people.

That’s why so many attend there.

GROW UP… THEIR CHURCHES GROW, BECAUSE THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD IS THERE.

Yes, you preach what you understand is the Gospel, and it is. Only there is no power.

The Gospel is confirmed by signs,wonders and miracles.

Some miracles are crowds being saved… like Billy Graham’s ministry. Maybe the 600 member church down the street, is seeing this.

Some miracles are Healings, signs and wonders like Katherin Kuhlman, RW Shamboch, Oral Roberts, Benny Hinn.

Do you notice anyone missing? Yeah, me and you.

I lust, yes I covet, a pulpit, a platform, a ministry that sees people saved, healed, comforted….

I do not reject those who are successful, I long to learn… to grow.

That is my desire. Is it God’s desire? I guess not, He hasn’t opened any doors of utterance.

I have prayed. He tells me the Blog is my platform.

I wonder if it helps anyone to grow closer to Christ?

Does anyone really read and understand?

I believe the big ministries are anointed of God and have many followers, not because they are fakes, but because they have fasted, prayed, studied, and groaned in prayer.

Until they have touched the hem of His garment. They have learned to come boldly to the throne of Grace.

They know how to pray and walk in the will of God. Are they perfect? lol, not even close.

They know how to repent and keep pushing closer to Christ.

They have found Grace and Mercy in their time of need.

They needed the presence of God in their lives more than their next breath.

When that is true for me….. and you, we will see. God confirming His Word.

Mark 16:17-18 (KJV)

“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”

Mark 16:20
And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

Do we really believe?

2 Timothy 3:16
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”

Do not throw the Word out. The change must be in us. Amen

To be satisfied: theunfetteredpreacher

Throughout the Bible we find the Lord, warning His people, about finding satisfaction in their sin.

Ecclesiastes, Proverbs, Micah, Amos, Ezekiel all tell us we will not be satisfied.

Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.”

the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing

yet is there no end of all his labour; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; “

they shall not satisfy their souls, ”

“yet couldest not be satisfied.”

yet thou wast not satisfied therewith.”

Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied”

they were not satisfied: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord.”

If you have read these scriptures, the last one shows the way to satisfaction.

Return to the Lord. So simple, yet hard for we hard headed, sinners to do.

We would rather cause God to line up with our thoughts, desires and ways, then buckle down, and follow Him.

(After all, He made us this way… Freewill, covetousness, lust, pride). So is it His fault?

In Revelation He tells us we overcome, “by the blood of the Lamb, and the Word of our Testimony.”

If we would just turn to Him, He is calling all of us to be with Him, know Him, walk with Him.

Psalm 65:4
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.

Isaiah 58:11
And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, …

Joel 2:19
Yea, the Lord will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith:

Joel 2:26
And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God,

The promise of God

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.

When we learn to trust, rely on, have faith, that His word is true.

That is the day, we will find, we are satisfied. Amen

I can’t get no-oo, satisfaction: theunfetteredpreacher

I can’t get no-oo, satisfaction, and I try, and I try, and I try, and I try…. I CAN’T GET NO, …..

The Rolling Stones, we all sang along…

We never found Satisfaction. We are still seeking, hoping, and wondering, if it can be found.

So many of us, are not satisfied, even today.

We don’t have enough, money, a big enough TV, a nice enough car, or a big enough house, pool, pet, ect…

We all want more. (Please sir, may I have more?) [Oliver].

Whether rich or poor. We are never satisfied.

The Disciples, (when told to feed the 4,000), said: How can we satisfy so many?

The Bible warns us “the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.” (Ecclesiastes 1:8)

The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, the pride of life.” (1 John 2:16)

These are the things of this world, they are the cause, of all sin. We need to look beyond this world.

So many, because of Harvey and this weekend, Irma. Have or will lose everything.

Yet, others I know and love, in the last few weeks, have lost a piece of their hearts, their own flesh and blood.

Unrelated, to the Natural or National Disasters.

I cannot imagine the pain and frustration of any of these loses.

It rains on the just, as it rains on the wicked.

The just have a great advantage. The availability of the Mercy and Grace of God.

The pain is still real, the grief, the lack of understanding, of the whys and wherefores.

The tearing apart of our hearts.

Yet, comfort can be found.

Psalm 116:3-7 (KJV)

The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.

Then called I upon the name of the Lord; O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.

The Lord preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.

Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee.”

There will be rest and peace, after the mourning, the pain will subside, hope will return, “weeping may endure through the night, but joy commeth in the morning.

The Lord will comfort and keep you through the darkest hours. The light of day shall awaken you, to His love and grace.

Lord, I pray for those who have lost, all but hope, the last few weeks.

Only You, Lord, are able to comfort and restore, that which they have lost.

Whether it is in this physical world or in the spiritual.

You alone, Oh Lord, are our hope and future. Help us, as we call on Your Name.

Let those who trust on You, fear not, and only believe. Amen

I beseech you: theunfetteredpreacher

The message, I beseech you, is found over 20 times in the Bible.

To beseech someone, is to beg, plead, or encourage them, to do a certain thing, or to live, think and act a certain way.

The first time we see it, is in Nehemiah 1.

The Prophet is reminding the people of the comands the Lord gave Moses.

That if they strayed, or transgressed, His commands, He would scatter them.

That was the Law, the Lord speaking.

We see the Grace of God, as always, available if we miss the mark of the Law.

If you turn to Me, and keep my commandments, (and do them), even if you have been cast out.

I will gather you again.

In the New Testament, we find Paul as the messenger.

He encourages us to walk worthy, of our calling, (Ephesians 4:1 and Thessalonians 4:1). To walk pleasing to God.

In (Romans 12:1), Paul he gets more specific, that we would:

present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service.

The message of God is simple.

~ Love God and one another.

~ To walk worthy of, pleasing to God.

~ Be Holy, sacrifice our desires, and wants, to please God, more than ourselves.

We then hear the direct and practical voice of Peter.

There is not any question to his directive, in (1 Peter 2:11-12), that we:

abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; have honest coversatins with others, to draw them to God.

A final word from Paul. (2 Corinthians 6:1),

that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

We know the desires of the Lord, now walk in them. Amen