Philemon, Onesimus and Epaphras: theunfetteredpreacher

All people Paul praised, made mention of and obviously loved. He tells us quite a bit about them in a few words.

First off Philemon. He wrote to him specifically, to beseech him, to plead for a favor.

He first reminds Philemon, that they labored together in the Lord’s work.

He told him he prayed daily for him, not for health or wealth, or safety, but that his sharing of the Gospel would be effective.

(If you care for me, I covet this prayer).

He had heard of his love of and faith in Christ, and was pleased at his sharing, that he was causing the Saints, to grow and be excited in their faith.

He had a teaching, not evangelistic ministry. He was reminded to give the glory to God for any good thing that was within him.

Then he brings down the hammer.

“Yet for love’s sake I rather beseech thee, I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:”

He needed to plead to Philemon, because Onesimus, was once known to him.

Paul led Onesimus to the Lord, (in prison), as he apparently did Philemon. It is probable that Onesimus, was sent to prison, for doing wrong to Philemon.

Paul told him he was a changed man, that if possible he, Paul, would keep Onesimus as his own minister. (Helper in the Gospel).

Apparently, Onesimuses, prison time was over, so Paul begged Philemon, to receive Onesimus, as a fellow laberer, as a beloved brother in the Lord.

Paul, used his relationship to persuade Philemon. If he wronged thee, I will repay, place it on my account.

I won’t remind you how much you owe me. (Salvation?)

Bring joy to me, by doing this, I hope to be with you soon. I write to you knowing you will do more than I ask.

We find Paul, calling on behalf of a brother, to a brother.

He completes his letter, by asking Philemon to say Hay, to Epaphras his fellow prisoner and other, fellow labourers.

We can conclude that Philemon was at least in contact with the churches at Colosse, Laodicea, and in Hierapolis.

More to come on Epaphras.

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

https://www.dropbox.com/s/pmgp196q47ih8gm/2017-07-14%2007.50.08.mp4?dl=0

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

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

Worship Wednesday: 8/16/17 – Psalm 37:3-4:  theunfetteredpreacher 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/0whdv1d7l83yl7g/2017-07-13%2022.29.57.mp4?dl=0

Psalm: 37. 23. The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. 24. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. – Bible Offline

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

The Song: theunfetteredpreacher

No this is not about the Song of Solomon.

It’s not really even a song. It is a lament, a cry, a stirring of the soul.

A dirge.

Sorrowful, yet empty,

painful, yet pure.

A groaning, that cannot be uttered.

A desire that cannot be fulfilled.

A wound, that will not heal.

Dissatisfied, disappointed, disturbed, destroyed…. decimated.

Hope Lost, and Hopeless.

Yet; Understanding that, in Truth, I am:

FORGIVEN, I AM, BLAMELESS, MY SIN AND SHAME, IS AS FAR AWAY, AS THE EAST IS FROM THE WEST.

I AM COVERED BY THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB, I AM SAVED BY THE GREAT I AM.

The word of God, brings hope, that isn’t seen, causes faith to grow, opens the eyes of our understanding.

If Abram, at 75, began, his walk before the Lord, and became a friend of God.

If Moses, at 80, met the Trinity, walked in the ways of the Lord, and talked to the Lord, face to face like a man to a friend.

If Enoch, at 65, walked with God for 300 years, and was not, because God took him.

It is possible that Bill, at 64, in time, may be noticed and useful to God.

It is possible, a life has not been wasted.

The last, will be better then the first.

The future much brighter, than the past.

The Mountain, removed and the path made straight.

The Gospel of the Lord proclaimed, the lost, saved, the sick healed, the brokenhearted, comforted.

The Glory of our King Revealed.

My cry?

Come, Lord Jesus, Come.

Praise Friday:  8/11/17 – Isaiah 6:1-3: theunfetteredpreacher 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/p1qa0oxru4o9ak5/2017-07-13%2022.21.35.mp4?dl=0

Isaiah: 6:1-3

In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. 

Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. 

And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.”

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

Thursday Special: He was despised – video – theunfetteredpreacher

https://www.dropbox.com/s/uxpig21dupu1jen/2017-07-26%2017.07.23.mp4?dl=0

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

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

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

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

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

He is despised and rejected of men;

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

there is no beauty that we should desire him.

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

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

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

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

Worship Wednesday: 8/9/17 – Jeremiah 32:17:  theunfetteredpreacher 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/09mtjhoxytdk60n/2017-07-13%2022.27.30.mp4?dl=0

Jeremiah: 32. 17. Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: – Bible Offline

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

Praise Friday: 8/4/17- Psalm 5:1-3:  theunfetteredpreacher 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ahxa95ujz8ojg7x/2017-07-13%2022.19.05.mp4?dl=0

Psalm: 5:1-3

Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation. 

Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray. 

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.”

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

Thursday Special: Mary did you know? Video – theunfetteredpreacher

https://www.dropbox.com/s/caz00spqfb8obwe/2017-07-26%2016.58.52.mp4?dl=0

This song is beautiful. If only I could do it justice.

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

Worship Wednesday:  8/2/17- Psalm 91:1-2:  theunfetteredpreacher 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/kpfzqrggu1cydzl/2017-07-13%2022.14.54.mp4?dl=0

Psalm: 91:1-2

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 

I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”

“The piano ain’t got no wrong notes.”
― Thelonious Monk
Not quite 2 minutes of song, I don’t want to lose the melody. 

Boiled Bacon 3: theunfetteredpreacher

What boils my bacon?

Our Congress.

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

What do we receive?

Nothing.

What boils my bacon?

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

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

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

Enough already.

What boils my bacon?

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

That’s enough for today.

Thanks

Sin is an Urge: Bill Hitchcock

Another great word from Bill Hitchcock…

https://www.facebook.com/bill.hitchcock.79

Sin Is An Urge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Repent! Trust in God and live!

Bill Hitchcock

The Ministry Years: Miracle 33 – The Seventy Sent – theunfetteredpreacher

The seventy sent out, only found in Luke 10, the Full Chapter.

The Lord would have us, follow these instructions.

The Harvest, is truly great, we are His labourers. Will we venture forth?

First:

Do not go alone…. work in pairs, or be sure to have taken on the Yoke of Jesus.

(His yoke is easy, His burden is light, we shall find rest, in the Work of the Lord).

Second:

We should go forth, no money, extra clothing, or shoes. We must rely on God for our provision.

Today, Religion insists on sponsors.

Third:

We are to stay, where we are accepted, we are told to, eat what is given, bless those who are worthy, heal those who are sick, and Proclaim the Kingdom of God.

Let us get this straight.

We are to go.

We are to stay where we are accepted. (Shake the dust off if not accepted).

We are to eat and drink whatsoever is given to us.

We are to heal the sick.

We are to Proclaim the Kingdom.

What we do.

Attend Church on Sundays. If we are Spiritual, maybe Sunday night and Wednesday too.

If we go forth, we must have a sponsor that will supply our needs, when, God fails us.

We like to choose our foods, and drink, thank you.

We will pray for the sick. (If God is willing,) He might heal them.

We will mumble something about the Kingdom of God? Maybe…

The Seventy were rewarded, for their obedience.

“The seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Yet, we are afraid to go forth, and when we pray, we question Gods will and abilities.

Do we then wonder, at the lack of results?

The truth is hid from the wise and prudent.

What does that make me? How about you?

Luke 10:1-21

Luke: 10:1-21

“After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.

Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.

Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.

Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way.

And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house.

And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again.

And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.

And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you:

And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.

But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say,

Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.

But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city.

Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.

But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for you.

And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell.

He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.

And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.

And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.”

Thursday Special: An out of the ordinary man – video – theunfetteredpreacher

https://www.dropbox.com/s/2sz1hdag8w9vf69/2017-07-26%2016.43.48.mp4?dl=0

After Bible School, I traveled with “The Able Messengers” a drama, music and preaching ministry.

We traveled up and down the East Coast and ministered at Churches. After the group broke up, I traveled first alone, then with my bride.

I would almost always teach a Scripture Song, sing a Special, then preach. Sometimes 3 nights a week.

Then I made the mistake of trying to be a Pastor. At that time, it was an error. It took me 20+ years to get over, and to begin to preach again.

This Song is one of the Specials.

 

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

I only wish my pipes and chops were as good today, as 35 years ago.

You don’t use it you lose it.

Worship Wednesday:  Video- Isaiah 55:12

https://www.dropbox.com/s/s70iexhtgaz27e9/2017-07-09%2013.28.30.mp4?dl=0
The Trees of the field:

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

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

The Ministry Years:  Miracle 31 – Where are the nine? –  theunfetteredpreacher 

Luke: 17:11-19

Ten Lepers cry out to be healed.   This set of  miracles is only found in Luke.

Jesus once again going where the people needed His touch.  He entered a certain village.   Ten Lepers, met Him, standing afar off.

They lifted their voices, crying out for Mercy.

Jesus heard and saw:

Would He have seen them, if they had not called out?  We will know the answer, if and when we meet and ask Him, in the flesh,  (our Resurrected Bodies).

The point we must take home is, they cried out, that they were Lepers was apparent to those who saw them.  (Special clothing, missing flesh), they had to cry out unclean, if in a populated area.

Jesus spoke:

He gave them directions, go, show yourselves to the Priest.   The Priest had the power to declare them clean, to accept any thanksgiving sacrifices,  to pray with them.

As they went:

As they went, they were cleansed.   When the Lord speaks, we must be ready and willing to do His bidding.

In the Old Testament a Leper, (a Noble from another country),  was told to go wash in the Jorden River seven times.

One noticed:

In this instance,  one noticed he had been cleansed, as they traveled.  He turned back, fell at the feet of Jesus and Glorified God in a loud voice.

This man wasn’t a Hebrew,  he wasn’t of the people of God, yet he was healed and came back to thank and gave the Glory to God.

Where are the nine?

We see Jesus seeing, hearing, healing…. How often do we see thanks given,  people stopping their activities, to turn to and thank God?

I am sure, Jesus often wonders, where we are, after He does us a service.   Small or great, do we recognize His hand in our daily lives?

Do we stop, and thank Him?   I know, for me, it’s not often enough,  I tend to marginalize, the daily, touch of the Master.

Always, looking for the signs, wonders and miracles.  Not recognizing His hand in my life.

Luke: 17:11-19

And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.   

And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: 

And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. 

And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. 

And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, 

And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. 

And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? 

There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. 

And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.”

Go thy way, your faith has made you whole.

Continue on with your life.  Now complete, whole, healed.   That is the will of God, for all of us.

Try to remember, to stop n and Thank Him.  He notices.   Amen

“Due to loss of confidence” theunfetteredpreacher

“Due to loss of confidence in his ability to command,”

Two Squadron Commanders, from MCAS Cherry Point, were releaved of duty, “Due to loss of confidence in their abilities to command,

I wish we could releave our Politicians and Supreme Court judges for the same reason.

I have no confidence in our Republican Lawmakers to do what they were elected for.

Justice Roberts of the Supreme Court, ruling on Obama care,  disappointed us, with his ridiculous ruling that it was a tax.

Now they are neglecting to repeal and replace Obama Care, Build the Wall, or give us the Tax Relief President Trump, and they, campaigned and won on.

 “Due to loss of confidence in their abilities to command,
For this reason, we should be able to send them home, to their Mommies. 

They are not men, they are more concerned about re-election then doing the right thing.