The Certainties of Cerimony, the Righteousness of Rituals: theunfetteredpreacher

When did the Cirtainties of Ceromony and the Righteousness of Rituals, replace the Foolishness of Preaching, in our quest to bring the lost to the Lord.

I am disappointed, disturbed, and defeated.

We have lost the ability, the desire, and the need to experience the Presence of God.

We sing many Hymns, without any attention given to the meaning.

They are just tunes we sing.

We recite many Scriptures, with no thought given to the significance of the Words.

They are just Words we recite.

We repeat, the Lord’s prayer, never learning, ‘How to Pray.’

Church, has become a meaningless exercise, a duty to preform, not a joy to experience.

We have a form of Godliness, that denies God’s, Presence, Power, and Peace.

We find comfort in the Dignity of Duty.

The Joy of the Lord is absent.

The Truth isn’t preached to set us free.

The Peace that passes understanding, can not be found.

It is all buried in Rituals and Cerimonies, our reciting, rather than living, the Word.

No thought is given, no attempt is made to call down the fire of God, to purify our lives, to become vessels of God’s love, healing powers, or saving grace.

We are not challenged to grow, to give, to become the image of the One we Love.

Then we wonder that our pews are empty.

Please, Throw Out, the Comfortable Orders of Service.

Learn to:

Sing the Word of God, to our God.

Sing until it becomes real, until you are filled with His Presence, until He surrounds and meets your every need and desire.

Cry and repent, as He brings your faults and sins to mind.

Laugh as you are touched by the Spirit of the Living God, when you realize you are forgiven and blameless in the Beloved.

Allow the foolishness of God to rule and reign in your life.

Our natural man, cannot accept this, we do not understand it, we build our services so to bypass, to negate, and ignore, the Spiritual.

We cheat not only ourselves, but those who came hoping to find the Truth of the Gospel.

The Foolishness of God is Wiser than the Wisdom of man.

Please, I beg you.

Quit going to Church.

Start to Seek His Face. To Experience His Presence. To Recognize, the Power of the Spirit in our lives.

1 Corinthians 1:21

For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”

Biblical Promises 5: theunfetteredpreacher

Abram, a friend of God, believed God and was considered Righteous.

Genisis 12:1,4

Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.”

These are interesting scriptures for me, “The Lord had said.”

This tells me the Lord spoke to Abram more than once, about leaving his family and home country.

I don’t think Abram refused, just did not fully understand. The Lord told him he would be a great nation. The Lord would Bless him.

So “Abram departed as the Lord had told him.”

The beginning of a beautiful friendship. Abram Walked in God’s mercy and Grace.

He built alters to and Worshiped the Lord. He was promised an heir, that would bless all the families on earth. He would be given much property.

Genesis 17: 1-5

And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.

And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,

As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.

Please note, the Lord, (The Father, the Eternal One, the Law giver), said, Walk before me, and be perfect, then I will…

Then God, (The Son, the Creator, the Supreme Ruler), spoke, My covenant is with thee, Abrams name was changed to Abraham, he and all who were with him were circumcised that day.

When we meet and accept Jesus, we have a new name, we are circumcised in our hearts, and I know I fell on my face and Worshiped.

But it was the promise of a son, when both of their bodies were past child bearing age, that caused Abraham to be called Righteous.

Romans 4:20-22 (KJV)

He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

We have many great and impossible promises from God.

Is it with-in us, to believe. That He means for us to prosper and be in good health, as our soul prospers.

That as well as desiring all men to be saved, He would have us pray for and experience, and share, His Healing Power?

That we would be His Hands, and Voice in proclaiming His Kingdom is at Hand.

He desires us to understand and to Walk With Him, comforting the hurting, healing the sick, even raising the dead. Both Spiritually and Physically.

He is THE LIVING GOD.

Saints, He wants us to broadcast this to the World.

O ye simple, understand wisdom:  theunfetteredpreacher | theunfetteredpreacher

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An old post, seeking Wisdom.

Biblical Promises 2:  theunfetteredpreacher

What are the Promises? Why are they not fulfilled in our Churches?

The Truth is, our beliefs are shallow, cursory, and superficial.’

As Christians, we love the Lord, and have accepted the Gift of Forgiveness. We realize, we are blameless in the Beloved.

That the blood of Jesus, has saved us from our deserved end. We are spending Eternity in Heaven, with the Lord.

This Truth, this Promise, we delight, revel in, and celebrate.

We Trust, and accept it’s Truth. We Believe.

Why then, is it so hard to accept, to Believe, the other Biblical Promises.

In John 14:25-26 we find this Promise from Jesus.

These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

He promised the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, would be sent to, Given to us.

He would:

• Teach us all things:

We must give Him access, to our hearts, minds, eyes and ears. We must ask the Holy Spirit into our lives.

Above and Beyond Salvation.

Both Peter and Paul asked, have you received the Holy Ghost, since you believed?

The Baptism, the in-filling of the Holy Spirit is reserved for believers.

Receiving Him, fulfills the Promise of a Comforter, Teacher, and the Power to do the Work of the Ministry.

The Holy Spirit, will help whosoever will, learn to Walk in His love, to show His mercy, to lead others to the truth of the Gospel.

We could learn to Walk in Power.

• He will bring all Jesus had taught, to our remembrance.

Jesus, had shown them, Grace, Power, Healings, Signs, Wonders and Miracles.

He told them in that same Chapter, John 14:12:

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

Jesus healed the sick raised the dead, caused the blind to see.

He didn’t have fancy Churches, children’s church, AA, NA, or couple’s divorce seminars.

He had the Power of the Holy Spirit.

Children saw the Miracles, heard the Gospel preached in Truth and Power.

He promised the same to us. We have failed.

I know the Lord wants,… no,… expects, more from us.

He has shown us, we need to live in His Truth.

We each need, to find a Promise we can believe.

John Alexander Dowie, believed Acts 10:38.

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”

He believed.

Because of this belief, he called down rain to end two different droughts.

He, (by the Power of the Holy Spirit), healed many who were sick, the lame, he also comforted the hurting.

Because, the Hope of a Living God was manifested here on earth. Multitudes flocked to this show of God’s Promise.

I know, many will reject this out of hand.

We are not worthy of this outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We do not Hunger and Thirst for His Righteousness.

Many would not remain humble, obedient, teachable.

Many would fail.

We will never know if we refuse to seek His face, to Seek the Power of His Might.

We cannot quit, when we miss the mark, until the day we succeed. When we see, Signs and Wonders following us.

We will have learned, to touch the Hem of His Garment. Learned to enter the Holy of Holies. We found Mercy and Grace, in our times of need.

Souls will be saved, the sick healed, the Body of Christ, strong, the Lord will add to His Church, daily, all those who would be saved.

Lord, draw us close to You. Amen

Is Jesus present? theunfetteredpreacher

Is Jesus present, in our Church Services?

Yes, certainly, and many will quote: Matthew 18:20
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

Jesus said, “I will never leave or forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)

Should there be more? This is as it should be.

Acts 13:44-52. (AMPC)

“The next Sabbath almost the entire city gathered together to hear the Word of God [concerning [a]the attainment through Christ of salvation in the kingdom of God].

But when the Jews saw the crowds, filled with envy and jealousy they contradicted what was said by Paul and talked abusively [reviling and slandering him].”

The problem always lies with envy and jealousy.

The Spirit of God, is present in one Church,it is growing, vibrant, lives are being changed.

The members of the dead Church down the street get jealous, envious.

It’s Dead, not because God isn’t there, but because it is so filled with reverence, rituals and ceremony, that there is no room for the Lord, to act.

They love the Lord, but fill the service, with man’s busyness, because they long ago realized it was easier to do that, then Worship in Spirit and Truth.

They can’t be still and know He is God and allow Him, by way of Praise and Worship, to minister.

They will not, go to see this wonderful thing, find out why, the other church is growing.

After all our Pastor is wonderful and teaching the truth. They only go to that growing Church, for the music, drama or the Preacher doesn’t preach the word, he just tickles the ears.

It bothers me to hear folks say, of any man of God, he isn’t teaching the Word.

Have you sat down and searched the Scriptures to see if this is true?

No, his teaching disagrees with what you have been taught. The Bible is full of wisdom, revalation and knowledge.

We must Believe it over what we may have been taught.

And so the Word of the Lord [concerning eternal salvation through Christ] scattered and spread throughout the whole region.

But the Jews stirred up the devout women of high rank and the outstanding men of the town, and instigated persecution against Paul and Barnabas and drove them out of their boundaries.

But [the apostles] shook off the dust from their feet against them and went to Iconium.

And the disciples were continually filled [throughout their souls] with joy and the Holy Spirit.

Take a look at your services, is the peace that passes understanding there?

How about joy unspeakable and full of glory?

Signs and Wonders, people getting saved, set free?

If not, you should go check out that growing Church, study the Word, see if they are teaching Truth.

If they are, that’s where you should Worship, because that is where you will grow. Amen

To the moon,…Bette – theunfetteredpreacher

This story starts with a phone call, several months ago.

Bette’s sister Eunice’s, two adult sons, (Carl and Andrew), wanted to know if we could stand some company this summer.

We in NC, were closer to the path of totality, then they were in Minnesota.

They thought they could kill two birds, with one stone. (A visit and the once in a lifetime experience).

Wonderful, come on down. Then their parents, Eunice and Roger would come with them. Now you’re talking…. We could not wait to see them

Two weeks ago, we heard they were going to watch the Eclipse in Nebraska, then come to NC. Still wonderful, can not wait.

Then I found out my sweet wife Bette, bought 8 pair solar glasses. She told me, the path of totality was only 150 miles south of us.

She wanted to see it.

We talked it over, I convinced her that a 6 to 12 hour drive in the car, (we would have to leave home at six am), for two minutes of viewing, was just silly.

I was sure she saw and agreed with me. Case settled.

8/21/17, woke at 7:30, saw my wifes face.

“Would you like to try to catch it?”

The sun shown, from her eyes. We left at 8:30, sure we were going to miss it.

We saw it, the diamond burst was at 2 o’clock though.

We didn’t get any pictures except this selfie as light was coming back.

The joy in her face was worth the twelve plus hours in the car, for two minutes of darkness.

The Ministry Years: Miracle 38. – – theunfetteredpreacher

Luke 22:48-54 (KJV)

The healing of the servant of the high priests ear.

No muss, no fuss, He reached out and touched. Why do we have such a hard time, accepting the promise of our doing the same?

We no longer  believe like a little child, knowing our needs and desires are met.

Just a touch from Jesus, saves, heals, sets free, comforts, gives peace, joy, and love.

Accept Him and His Gifts today.

Don’t be like Peter.

 

Luke 22:48-54 (KJV)

48 But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?
49 When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword?
50 And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear.
51 And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.
52 Then Jesus said unto the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and the elders, which were come to him, Be ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and staves?
53 When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.
54 Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest’s house. And Peter followed afar off.