“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.


The Ministry Years: Miracle 30 –   “O faithless generation”   -theunfetteredpreacher 

Mark 9:14-29; Matthew 17:14-21; Luke 9:37-42

These scriptures, are a picture of the Church today.   Jesus, Peter, James and John, were on the mountain, in the presence of the Father. 

The Disciples were down below, willing, but seemingly unable to do the work of God.

Today, the Lord is at the right hand of God.   His Disciples, (us), are down here, unable to do the works of God.

The possessed, the sick, the hurting, are not finding relief.   For the same reason.

“O faithless and perverse generation:”

We do not see the Power of God, today, unless we follow Benny Hinn, or other Faith Healers. 

We may have known of Oral Roberts, R.W. Shamboch, or Katherin Kuhlman.  These people believed God and surrendered completely to Him, and saw miracles happen.

The Heavenly Father does not ask for golden vessels. He does not ask for silver vessels. God asks for yielded vessels – those who will submit their will to the will of the Father. And the greatest human attainment in all the world is for a life to be so surrendered to Him that the name of God Almighty will be glorified through that life.” – Kathryn Kuhlman

It isn’t a matter of being worthy, for no man is worthy! It isn’t our perfection or our penitence, or a matter of our labors to reach the place of perfection or worthiness. It is God’s grace alone!” – Kathryn Kuhlman

If we would truly and totally surrender to God.  To be able to say in truth.  

Here I am send me.

Then go in obedience, and love, we would see the needs of those we touch, be met.  It does not matter the need. 

GOD IS ABLE, TO MEET AND EXCEED ALL OUR EXPECTATIONS. 

He only needs a willing and obedient vessel.

When they could not cast out the deaf and dumb spirit,  the Lord asked.

How long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you?”

Bring him unto me.”

We need to learn to bring the needs to Jesus. How do we do this?

This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.”

Many today do not believe in fasting.  This is foolish.  

Fasting, or denying ourselves, food, TV, Internet, any of the things we love, can be hard, may seem impossible.   

But;   When we give up for a time, something our flesh desires, it gets the Lords attention.   He realizes we are serious, determined, and willing to go to the wall, in obedience to Him. 

 Prayer and Fasting.  Is the Lords prescription for a successful and powerful ministry.   The road map to building His Kingdom. 

If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”

Only Believe.   Why is that so hard?  The boys father said. 

Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.”

In our ignorance, we pray this prayer.  The Lord says:

Romans 10:17
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Galatians 3:2
This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

Galatians 3:5
He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

The hearing of faith.

The Church should teach the Miracles of God, the Church needs to hear of them, so they begin to believe in them, to then act on these beliefs. 

The Miracle Power of God is available to whosoever, will act in Faith.  Well, will you?



Mark 9:14-29; Matthew  17:14-21; Luke 9:37-42

Mark 9:14-29King James Version (KJV)

14 And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them.
15 And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him.
16 And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them?
17 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;
18 And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.
19 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.
20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.
21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.
22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.
23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.
26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.
27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.
28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?
29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

Matthew 17:14-21King James Version (KJV)

14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,
15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.
16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

Luke 9:37-42King James Version (KJV)

37 And it came to pass, that on the next day, when they were come down from the hill, much people met him.
38 And, behold, a man of the company cried out, saying, Master, I beseech thee, look upon my son: for he is mine only child.
39 And, lo, a spirit taketh him, and he suddenly crieth out; and it teareth him that he foameth again, and bruising him hardly departeth from him.
40 And I besought thy disciples to cast him out; and they could not.
41 And Jesus answering said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you? Bring thy son hither.
42 And as he was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father.

Praise Friday:  video – 7/21/17 – I will come and bow down: theunfetteredpreacher 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ivrxevf-V7H0XdJlA_KvXO7WdaL7C-qIww/view?usp=drivesdk

I will come and bow down, at your feet Lord Jesus.

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Worship Wednesday:  Video- Psalm 84:11-12:  theunfetteredpreacher 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ikzn9sk4zuox51e/2017-07-09%2013.25.48.mp4?dl=0

The Lord God is a sun and shield:

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

I wish the same could be said for me…lol

Psalm: 84:11-12 

For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. 

O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

The Ministry Years: Miracle 28:  I see men as trees –  theunfetteredpreacher 

Mark 8:22-26

This is another miracle we only find in the book of Mark.  Much of it follows what we have seen before.   Parts of it, are quite odd.

A new town

Although people, the multitudes, found Him, wherever He went.  He still needed to travel, from town to town.

Why?  Not everyone who had needs, could make it to where He was.  

I hear people complain of todays evangelists, and faith healers, needing private jets.

If Jesus needed to be alone, and had to borrow boats, from followers, (for His travels), do not todays preachers, who travel much further, and reach many more,  need the same. 

They brought and besought Him:

Wherever Jesus is present, and allowed to work, (within us, or our Churches),  believers will seek Him out and bring the hurting, whether the hurt is physical, spiritual or mental.  Jesus, will heal all.

That is why it is the gifts of healing.   We need the gifts of Faith and Words of Knowledge and Wisdom, to know how to pray, what to do, to help those in need.

He took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of town:

He needed to be apart from the unbelieving, even if they were believers.  We need to do that today.   Many believers, do not believe Jesus heals today.  They accept being Powerless, while Jesus told us to go forth in Power.

He said, we would minister in Power and the Holy Spirit.   It is up to us, to learn to ask for and use the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.  

Some think, we automatically know what and how to walk in the Spirit.  Not true.  We must practice,  pray, then obey, if we expect to take up His Yoke, and find His Rest.

Now, something happens

This was a blind man.

He had spit on his eyes, and put His hands upon him, He asked him if he saw ought.

We see Him spit in Chapter 7 also, again a man deaf and dumb.  He spit, and touched his tongue.  He, immediately, spoke and heard.

This blind man wasn’t immediately healed.  Jesus laid hands on him twice.  The first time, he saw, but not well.  (Saw men as trees).

The second time, Jesus had him look up, and he was totaly healed.   Again, I have no idea why He spit.

We must look up to the source of our faith, and walk in it.

It is interesting though, earlier, when His Disciples had forgotten to bring bread.  He asked them three questions.

Do you not see?  Do you not hear?  Do you not remember? 

He had just feed Four Thousand,  with a few loaves of bread and fish.

Did they not see, hear or remember,  God is able to supply all our needs, according to his riches in glory?

Mark: 8:22-26

And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. 

And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. 

And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. 

After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly

And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.”

Lord, help us to see, hear and remember, that You alone are our source.   Amen 

I heard the news today- Oh Nuts:  theunfetteredpreacher 

I heard the news today  – Oh Nuts!

President Carter..

Glad he is no longer our worst President,  is still a great guy.   92 years old, admitted to hospital in Canada.  Heat stroke or dehydration while working on a Hospice House.

More strength and energy than I.

Corpus Christy, Texas…

A repair man, found himself locked inside an ATM.  Passed notes to customers….  “help,” until someone finally called the Police.

They broke down the door….  he is out and safe.

Gender curious child..

Patents proud of son, who dons makeup and dress.

James Woods had the best response…  not a quote…  He grows up-and dismembers and puts them in a wood chipper.

I could not agree more.   This is child abuse…

Those are my thoughts… and I am sticking with them.

The Ministry Years:  27th Miracle-   Nothing to eat:  theunfetteredpreacher

Matthew 15:29-39 (KJV) Mark 8:1-9 (KJV)

There are multiple miracles in this account in Matthew.   

Jesus had come to a mountain, and great multitudes brought to Him, the lame, blind, dumb, maimed and many others.

He healed them.

Do you recognize a pattern?  When the presence of Jesus is there, people in need will find Him. 

Those who are whole, will bring, those in need.  

I have had people bring friends,  and ask me to lead them to the Lord.  (A sad state, we can’t lead them to Him, ourselves).

We need be able to explain, repentance and forgiveness.   Even if we do not know the address of said scriptures. 

We need to know the Master, so He can work through us to save, heal and set free those in bondage to sin and death.

We need to be vessels of His love and grace. 

Matthew 15:29-39 (KJV)

And Jesus departed from thence, and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee; and went up into a mountain, and sat down there.
And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them:
Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.”

Do the multitudes wonder, (during our services), when they see the dumb speak, the maimed made whole, the lame to walk?  Do they glorify God?

Of course not, it isn’t happening today.  Why?  Jesus isn’t allowed to mess up our order of service.  

We do things man’s way…  not the way of the Lord.   We do not know how to “wait upon the Lord.”   What is more,  we do not want to.

Next is the feeding of the four thousand.  We all know the story. 

Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.
And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude?
And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes.
And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground.
And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full.
And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children.
And he sent away the multitude, and took ship, and came into the coasts of Magdala.

Points to ponder:

He has compassion on them.  Often we see this phrase.   Jesus has compassion on those who seek and follow Him.

Compassion: a feeling of wanting to help someone who is sick, hungry, in trouble, etc.

The first mention of compassion in the Bible, was when Pharaoh’s daughter discovered Moses.

That compassion, changed the Hebrews path, from slaves, to saved.

Why, did Jesus, have compassion? 

They had been with Him for three days, with nothing to eat.

When we are in the presence of God, all our needs physical, mental and spiritual are met.  

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.

Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His Righteousness, and all these things, will be added unto thee.

Simple, we need to seek God. We need to learn to wait on Him.  We need to trust, He will bless those who fear Him, who have a reverence for Him.
We know the rest of the story, He broke the bread and fed all.  

When we leave that presence, we are responsible for ourselves.

We need to let Him break us, so that we can give of ourselves to meet the needs of others.  He said,  He would empower us, by giving us the Holy Spirit, to lead, guide, comfort and teach us.

Will we let Him?  Will we accept all He has for us?  Will we ask, to receive all He has for us?

I pray we will.  Amen 
Mark 8:1-9 (KJV)

In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them,
I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat:
And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far.
And his disciples answered him, From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness?

And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven.

And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people.
And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them.

So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets.

And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and he sent them away.”

Worship Wednesday:  Video-  Psalm 115:9-13:  theunfetteredpreacher 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/h8asgqxgrxgyqoy/2017-07-09%2013.13.20.mp4?dl=0

An old favorite, played and sung by me… I don’t have the voice or chops I once had.

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

I stand by his quote.    lol

Psalm: 115:9-13

O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. 

O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. 

Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. 

The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron. 

He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.

If Trump were a Biblical figure?  theunfetteredpreacher 

If Trump were a Biblical figure which one would he be?

David?  Not hardly, he doesn’t seem to be the type to rely on God.  I think he believes, but is likely to say:  “It’s OK Lord, I’ll take it from here.”

Solomon?   I  don’t think so.  A lot of his tweets, are not wise, though they usually hit the mark.

Jonah?  I somehow doubt it.  He is eagerly doing the work of God.  Draining that swamp.  No,  there’s no hesitation there.

Moses?  Nope, although the Legislative branch, refuses to enter the promised land, and will continue to wander the desert. 

Noah?  lol…   He is certainly  not, a preacher of righteousness.   How long could he tread water?

I guess I could eliminate 95% of our Biblical heros, but there is one who fits.

A man, certainly, a man used by God.  We know him for his hair.   He was set aside from birth, a man destined to deliver, his people from destruction.

A womanizer, first class.  Yet a man of increadable purpose. 

Who was that man?   

SAMSON,  the mighty man, used of God, to deliver Israel from their enimies.  

He was not a Godly man, but a MAN USED BY GOD.

That, dear friends is why I voted for and support Donald Trump.  As a Christian, I realize God doesn’t always use the Godly to fulfil His purpose. 

He uses the willing and available. 

Amen

I confess, I listen to NPR:  theunfetteredpreacher 

I know, how can I  stand it?  Nothing conservative is good.  We are dumb, uneducated,  needing the crutch of religion.

That accepted,  NPR, has some good weekend comedy shows.  Car talk, Wait, Wait, Radio Lab, and Big Picture Science.  (Only if you can laugh at yourself).

By far the most humorous is Big Picture  Science.

I have heard the question…. “Why don’t Conservatives believe science.?”   They answered the question with absolutely no clue.

I heard one weekend,  a woman who wanted human population of the earth to be no more than 50 million.

What she was going to do with the rest of us she did not specify.

Now, to be fair, by the time this show comes on, I am half way into a nice afternoon nap.

Today, I am wide awake. On Radio Lab,  I heard how they were struggling with too many goats on some island, and how to kill off the excess.

How the Turtles of another island were almost extinct,  they were desperately trying to make this poor surviving male, to  mate.  (He was shooting blanks, and finally died).

I am not being really fair.  I am not sharing all the subtle points they make.

The third was about a fly that kills baby finches.  How do we save them?

What tickles me about these liberals, they  believe in evolution.   Yet, they fight like fools, to stop it happening.

They wonder how species adapt and change, yet refuse to let one set die out.  Owls, seals, snails.

It goes on and on.

Unless it is human.  Then by George, lets kill it before it’s born.

So I confess. I listen and wonder at the foolishness of man.  I only wish they would seek conservative thought.

I may reject their ideas, but I listen and judge first.   They never listen, just reject.

Sad

Where is your Bethel?  theunfetteredpreacher 

Genesis 35:15
And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Bethel.

Do you have a Bethel?   The place where you have heard the voice of God?  Jacob, called such a place, Bethel, (The House of God).

It was a special place, God sent him back there to build an (alter to God),  a house for God.

There are many churches called Bethel, and you might find God in some, but that is not the best place to look.

So where is my Bethel?   I have almost always heard from God, after I’ve truly sought Him, in Praise, Worship and Prayer.

After totally giving myself to Him.  Ecclesiastes 5:1-2, 4-6a;  tells us:
Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.

Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God:

When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.

Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.

Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin;”

Be careful in prayer.  Do not make promises you can not keep.  

Oh Lord, I will never do that again.  I will seek Your face every day.  I will do whatever You call me to do. Lord, I will give all my extra cash to the poor.”

Paul called the sin that so easy besets,  a sin that easily besets, because it is a sin that easily besets.

There are things, in our life, that we should not do, that we repeatedly do.  Why?  See Above.

Paul asked the Lord three times for relief.  The answer:  “My Grace is sufficient “.

Make promises you can keep.  You will never be sinless,  just Blameless, and Forgiven, in the Beloved.

The Lust of the flesh, Lust of the eyes and Pride of life, will always beset us.   The Lord promises: 

Ezekiel 39:7 (KJV)
So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel.

Even now, today, the Lord demands a Holy People.  We must come to Him, covered in the blood of Jesus.

Be ye perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect. ”  We attain perfection,  only because we are covered by the blood of the Lamb.  

Seek Him.

Proverbs 8:17
I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.”

Proverbs 8:35
For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord.”
Jeremiah 29:13
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”

Matthew 11:29
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”

Lord help us to find our Bethel.   Help us to hear Your voice.

Amen

The LGBTQ, Agenda:  theunfetteredpreacher 

Reading a post on FB, about a Lesbian Kindergarten Teacher, in Toronto Canada.   I copied and put in Bold Print, their agenda for our children. 

It is here for your information.  I am sure you could find the whole article on FB, if you so desired. 

Christians, this is a scary truth…  The left has left any pretence of morality, decently, or of a sound mind, behind.

They have proudly proclaimed their plans.  Personally,  I  do not care what they do, in their own lifes.  Let it Be.

Indoctrination of young minds to an acceptance of and encouragement to this lifestyle, IS JUST WRONG.

Please read these excerpts from the article.  

Lesbian teacher: 

How I convince kids to accept gay ‘marriage’, starting at 4 years old“

With [the principal’s] encouragement, we decided that I would go from class to class and talk about what ‘gay’ means, what does ‘LGBTQ’ mean, what do ‘I’ mean,” she told about 40 attendees, all educators, at her workshop.

Strong related how she began with the junior kindergarten class.”

It’s normal in my classroom


“All my class is very used to who I am. My family picture is very proudly in my room now. 

On Mondays they quite often will say, ‘What did you do with your wife?’ It’s normal in my classroom.”

And I started in Kindergarten. What a great place to start. It was where I was teaching. So, I was the most comfortable there,” Pam Strong said at the conference, attended by LifeSiteNews.

‘It’s normal in my classroom’

In 2011 U.S. gay activist Daniel Villarreal penned a column for Queerty.com stating that the time had come for the homosexual lobby to admit to “indoctrinating” schoolchildren to accept homosexuality.

Why would we push anti-bullying programs or social studies classes that teach kids about the historical contributions of famous queers unless we wanted to deliberately educate children to accept queer sexuality as normal?”

“We want educators to teach future generations of children to accept queer sexuality. In fact, our very future depends on it. 

Recruiting children? You bet we are,” he added.

Homosexual activist Michael Swift wrote in 1987 in the Gay Community News that school children would become explicit targets for homosexual indoctrination. 

“We shall seduce them in your schools…They will be recast in our image. They will come to crave and adore us,” he wrote at the time. Recruiting children? You bet we are’

Though homosexual activists claim their efforts in the schools are a way of combatting bullying, a number of homosexual activists have highlighted that the movement’s goal is in fact to “indoctrinate” children into accepting the normalcy of the homosexual lifestyle.“I am here to tell you: 

All that time I said I wasn’t indoctrinating anyone with my beliefs about gay and lesbian and bi and trans and queer people? 

That was a lie,” wrote Canadian gay activist Sason Bear Bergman, a woman who identifies as a transgender man, in a March 2015 piece titled “I Have Come to Indoctrinate Your Children Into My LGBTQ Agenda (And I’m Not a Bit Sorry).” 

Bergman holds nothing back, stating she wants to make children “like us” even if that “goes against the way you have interpreted the teachings of your religion.”

And my class all of a sudden popped up. ‘LGBTQ’ was on the board, ‘lesbian,’ and all the different words coming out there. And I sat back and said, ‘Let’s review.’ So, the last year and a half of ‘inclusive’ education came alive in my classroom.”

Strong called it “key” to develop a “positive classroom culture” — and she mentioned it often takes months — before getting into what she called “difficult conversations” with students about convincing students of the normality of her sexual preference for women.

She mentioned how she spends time “building a common vocabulary” in her classroom of words like “stereotype, prejudice, discrimination” so her students will be able to more readily conform to her pro-LGBTQ message.

Strong called it a “fantastic lesson for kids of all ages.”

Let me be clear.  I  am a sinner, saved by the Grace of God.  I hate sin, but love the sinner.

If the LGBTQ,  community wishes to live in that world, I do not condemn them.

When they tell my child, or any child, it is Normal, or perfectly acceptable behavior.  They have crossed a line.

Children are born male or female.  They may go through phases where they play with the other genders, toys.  This is NORMAL.

We should never allow them to be bullied, nor should we encourage them to become something other then what they were born as, a boy or girl.

It is child abuse, to encourage a young boy, to think, act and pretend, he is a girl, or for a young girl a boy.

Parents and Teachers who prey on children like this, should be locked up.   A child is a precious gift from God. 

Those who harm them, in any way….

Lord, please protect our children.  Please keep them safe from these deceptive teachings.  

Draw our children  to You.

Please forgive us our sins, our stupidity, our malicious actions.  Our not standing up and saying:   NO MORE, STOP, TURN BACK TO GOD.

Only You, Oh Lord, can turn us back to Loving and Serving You.  Please Lord, soon.

Happy Fathers Day:  theunfetteredpreacher 

Happy Fathers Day …. I miss you Dad


The only family picture I have… I think 1984?

Martha, Bill, Bob, David, Dorothy 


Last picture of David


Martha


Dave’s house, year he died


At Mom’s funeral.  

Martha, Bill, Eric, Emma, Amy, Ken


Celeste, Bill, Bette

Just wanted to Remember. 

Can we learn, how to Pray?  theunfetteredpreacher 

I long to learn to pray prayers, that result in answers, to pray effectual, fervent prayers that availeth much.  

It troubles me that our Churches seem Powerless.  If Christ is present, why is there a problem? 

To be honest, a lot of our prayers are for financial problems, or about physical sickness or distress.   

We pray for things we see, touch, taste, hear and feel.

Then we wonder at the lack of progress (in our growth), in our walk with Christ.  We wonder why our prayers are not answered, or at best, not often. 

If we study the prayers of Paul, for the church, and learn to follow his lead, we might find results, beyond our dreams.

The first thing, I notice is Paul is praying for others.  We do not hear a lot of personal needs or desires, except, for the sin that so easily besets him.

He asked the Lord three times to remove this messenger of Satan, to be told the Grace, (the unmarited mercy and favor), of God, is enough.

We need to know how to repent, to get back in right standing with God…  it was both David and Pauls secret, to have a heart after God.

No, for the most part, the prayers that he wrote, were for others.   I will attempt to break down his prayer, from Ephesians 1.

     *  He gives thanks for others, by name to the Lord.

I give thanks that they walk with You, and know and serve You, draw them closer, Please Lord.

     *   He prays for the Spirit of Wisdom, (Jesus), (1 Corinthians 1:30), and Revaluation in our Knowledge of Him. 

Lord, may You reveal Yourself to them, increasing their knowledge and love for You with their  every breath. 

     *   The eyes of our understanding be opened, that we would know, recognize the hope, He has for us.  That we would grab ahold of His promises and power, to do His will.

That we would accept the inheritance He left us.  The Ministry Gifts and the Gifts of the Spirit.  That we would grow into You.

     *   That we would know and use the Power we have, in the belief of His Name and His Promises. 

He said, so many times:  ONLY BELIEVE!!!  Only, …   we don’t. 

     *   That Power is the Power of the Resurrection.  

Paul, prayed for this Power, (Philippians  3:10), recognizing he also had to share the fellowship of His suffering, and be made into HIS IMAGE. 

     *   He wants us to have Power above that of the Prince of this world.  To have Dominion, to Rule over, not be a Servant of the limits of this World.

We are not limited by the Laws of Nature.  

Phillip was translated to another place, after, he had served Gods purpose where he was.   The dead have been raised, the lame healed, the sick have recovered. 

ONLY BECAUSE PETER, PAUL, JOHN, STEVEN AND OTHERS…..  ONLY BELIEVED!!!

Church, there is something wrong with our belief system.  I believe it can be corrected. 

I believe God would have us, living in a place of Power.  A place of Answered Prayer. 

We first need to read, study, listen to the miracles in the Word.  Faith, comes by hearing, and hearing by the WORD OF GOD. 

The second thing we need to do is to learn how to pray, as Paul prayed.   In thanksgiving, for more of Jesus, that our eyes would be opened, to see the Spiritual Blessings available to those Who Believe. 

Then we need to seek and accept the Gifts He has given us…  They are freely given and awaiting our acceptance, we must ask and receive tham, as we did our Salvation. 

Lord, hear our Prayer.   Amen

Does God still build,  Hedges?  theunfetteredpreacher 

The Lord, built a Hedge around Job.  He caused all the work of his hands to prosper.  The Devil was convinced, the reason Job served God, was because of this protection, because of these blessings.

The Lord has promised us several times, to prosper us, to meet our needs, to supply exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think or even imagine. 

He also promises, we can do all things, through Christ Jesus.   Jesus said, we would do all He did and more.

The Devil is just as convinced, that we love and serve the Lord, because we trust these promises to be being fulfilled. 

Saints, I pray that isn’t the reason we serve the Lord.   No, if we look at Job, the Lord told the Devil and us, why he was so prosperous. 

The Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?”

The qualities of Job, we must learn to emulate. 

     ●   There is none like him, A perfect and upright man:

What? How could that be?  What does this mean, for me, today? 

Proverbs: 2. 10,11,20,21 

When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; 

Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: 

That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous. 

For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.

When Wisdom,  (Jesus), enters our hearts, when His knowledge becomes, pleasent to our soul.  

That is when we begin to walk in the right way, and keep to the narrow path of righteousness. 

Then we will dwell in the land and remain.

To be perfect and upright, blameless…. we must accept Jesus, (Wisdom), into our lives, and learn to walk in His Righteousness. 

We must learn to:

     ●   Fear God, and escheweth evil.

One of my favorite scriptures is about why God chose Levi, to lead the Priests.

Malachi: 2. 4-6

And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts. 

My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name.  

The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity.

We must learn to stand in Awe of our God, to Worship Him in Spirit and In Truth.

We must know and speak His Truth… not our desires.  

We must take up His Yoke.  We will find peace and rest in our souls.

As we endeavor to walk with Him, many will turn from sin, because they will see, consider and understand that He Is the all in all.

Whether we be rich or poor, a master or slave, His Hedge of Protection will keep us blameless.  As we rely totally on Him.

Smiths Bible Dictionary:
Hedge
The Hebrew words thus rendered denote simply that which surrounds or encloses, whether it be a stone wall, geder, (Proverbs 24:31; Ezekiel 42:10) or a fence of other materials. The stone walls which surround the sheepfolds of modern Palestine are frequently crowned with sharp thorns.

He will build a Hedge around us.   Amen

Will the HATE, never end?  theunfetteredpreacher 

Will the HATE, never end?

For 8 years, I was disappointed in my fellow Americans.  Why?  For twice, electing, a community organizer, to head our great Nation.

I complained, disagreed, grumbled about the direction of my Country, and the incredible increase in taxes, and loss of business.  But,  I never have hated, the Obama’s.  

My dislike, if you can even call it that,  had nothing to do with color, ONLY POLICY. 

Now, we have a new leader.  Jobs are coming back, almost like when Reagon was elected, true hope is in many hearts.

Sadly, there are those, who are not satisfied with disappointment, complaining, grumbling and disagreement. 

No,  it is all too sad.   

Mock up, severed heads, a orange haired, ruler, stabbed and killed while the audience cheers.

Open hatred, spewed from our so called comedians, our news media, and the opposing party, talking of impeachment, mental illness. 

Even before he took office.

IT MUST STOP!!!

We were the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.   We can disagree with Policy and Politics, and still respect, and be friends with one another. 

When Mr. OBAMA,  was elected, you did not see those on the right, turn away from family or friends.  

I do not remember any right wing nuts, shooting the folks on the left.

What happened when Mr. TRUMP was elected?

The left has become unhinged.   People, GROW UP, SIT DOWN, and SHUT UP.   Next election, get a decent candidate,

Win back, the House, the Senate and the White House.  Do everything decently and in order.

We are trying to correct the perceived mistakes of the previous 8 years.  You can work to correct the mistakes of this period of time.

A conservative talk host, (Michael Savage), coined a phrase: “LIBERALISM IS A MENTAL DISORDER.”

I hate to agree, but watch the news, listen to the comedians, take off your Democrat glasses…  and face the facts.

Lord, I pray for this Country, a Cival War is brewing, and probably already begun.   Please save our Great Land.  Amen

The Sound of Gods Voice :  theunfetteredpreacher 

Do you think you know the Voice of God?  Have you heard Him speak?  Would you recognize His Voice, if He spoke to you?

Is it the sound of a Mighty Rushing Wind?  Or a still small voice?  Do you hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host?

Let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself:” (What?)

Do you strain to hear Him?  Do you understand what He is saying?  Do you believe he speaks at all?

They heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day:”

Adam and Eve recognized the voices of the Lord God, and because of their sin, hid.

Do we find ourselves, hiding from God, ashamed of ourselves?   He desires we come boldly to His throne of Grace.

We certainly can do that, IF we are covered with the blood of the Lamb.  

If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.”

Freedom from the plagues of Egypt?  One of the many promises given to those who love Him.

John 5:25
Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.”

Are you living,  do you hear His voice?

Psalm 29:3
The voice of the Lord is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the Lord is upon many waters.”

Psalm 95:6-8 (KJV)

O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.

For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,

Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

It may be a still small voice,  we think of it, as our conscience.   It might be a mighty rushing wind, we experience as we read His Word, and are blown away by His Revelation to us.

Or it could be in the midst of a storm.

The Lord wants to speak to us.  To make His will and ways for our life clear.  “Today, harden not your heart…”

He said:

Take My Yoke, learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Find rest, walk with Jesus, hear His voice.

Amen

ASK 4:  Seek and Knock  theunfetteredpreacher 

This is part 4 on my series on answered prayer.

The reason we pray, is to receive answers.  To see others or ourselves, healed, our needs provided, our fears dispelled.

We pray when we need direction, wisdom, knowledge, comfort, or peace.  How often are we disappointed, not satisfied, left empty.  

 Wondering where is my God?  Do we really want to pray prayers that move God to action?

Do we delight ourselves in the Lord?   Do we receive the Desires of our hearts?

Once again we come back to these 3 simple letters.    ASK.

We must learn to focus on the Lord.   We must know Him, we must know His WORD.

We do not always need, to quote  Scripture and verse, but we certainly need to know it’s meaning, and Spirit.  To learn this we must Ask.

Ask Him to open our eyes, ears, minds and hearts.  Ask Him to draw us close, to change us, mold us and make us, evermore into His image.   

We must, Ask Him, to give us compassion toward the lost, the sick, the disobedient. 

We must Ask Him to teach us how to Seek Him. 

The Amplified Bible, guides us in the right direction.  (Never give up).

Luke 11:9-13 (AMPC)

So I say to you, Ask and keep on asking and it shall be given you; seek and keep on seeking and you shall find; knock and keep on knocking and the door shall be opened to you.

For everyone who asks and keeps on asking receives; and he who seeks and keeps on seeking finds; and to him who knocks and keeps on knocking, the door shall be opened.

What father among you, if his son asks for a loaf of bread, will give him a stone; or if he asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent?

Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?

If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good gifts [gifts that are to their advantage] to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask and continue to ask Him!”

 We must learn to Seek Him, (study His word, learn how to knock, pray), to know Him better. 

Not for what we might gain.   

There are warnings to those who do not Seek Him with a true heart.

Proverbs 1:28
Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:”

Hosea 5:6
They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the Lord; but they shall not find him; he hath withdrawn himself from them.”

Amos 8:12
And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.”

Why do you Seek Him?  Is it for personal profit, for acclaim, to be above, to rule, to Lord it over others.

Or have you taken James 4 to heart?  Do you know how to humble yourselves, become servants, care for the needs of others, above your own. 

The example of Daniel.   

At 15 years of age, brought into  captivity, made a slave, along with all of the Kingdom of Judah.

His Name changed, his diet changed, maybe even turned into a Eunuch, and forced to Worship, to learn of false Gods.

Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.”  (Daniel 1)

Because Daniel’s heart was right towards the Lord, he was blessed in the midst of his capacity.  

He had enough and more than enough, he prospered even as a slave.  We can be prosperous in the midst of our darkest hours. 

The Lord would have us prosper and be in good health, even as our soul prospers.

Prosperity, isn’t about money, jobs or any other temporal things, it is Spiritual. 

The prosperity preachers, are not totally wrong.   There is truth in all of God’s word.  

If:

   >  Our motives are pure.   Our desire is a closer, more personal walk.  

   >  We purpose in our heart to give of our gain, not spoil ourselves with his bounty.

   >  We would learn to have and extend compassion. 

Daniel loved His God, did not allow his circumstances turn him away. He, “purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself”

If we study his life, and the life of the 3 Hebrew children, we can learn how to Ask, Seek and Knock on the Lords door.

First, because he would not defile himself, (today that could be,  what we watch, read, listen to, eat, enjoy in our lives),  he found favor with God.

He was promoted to a position of authority.   As he was able, he found himself a prayer closet,  and used it 3 times a day.

He did not cower in fear, in secret, but without a prideful spirit, was not worried about being heard, even after it was illegal,  to pray to God.

(Daniel, prospered under 4 different leaders).

His prayers, elevated him, to a place of power, saved him from the lions. 

The 3 Hebrew children, before being cast into the fire, for refusing to Worship the Kings false God said:

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.

If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.

But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”

Daniel, after finding Gods promise in Jeremiah 29,  prayed for the end of captivity for his people.
   ~ Daniel, had a heart towards God.

   ~ He read and studied the scriptures that were available to him.  Found Words from God in Ezekiel and Jeremiah, that quickened His Spirit.

   ~ He then prayed God’s Word, back to God.  Like Moses and Abraham,  prayer that moves God, reminds Him of His promises.

This prayer moved God to action.

Psalm: 9. 10. 

“And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.”

John 7:34

“Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come.”

The Lord promised we will find Him, if we seek Him with our whole heart.

Deuteronomy 4:29
But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.”

So, how do we knock?

When we pray the Word of God, we are knocking on the door of His heart.  Do not stop, even if the answer we desire doesn’t seem to be there.

Daniel was told:

Daniel 10:2-5 (KJV)

2. In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks.
3.   I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.
4.   And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel;

5.   Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz:

7.   And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves.

9.   Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground.

11.  And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling.

Daniel 10:12-14 (KJV)

12.   “Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.
13.   But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.
14.  Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.

ASK:

DO NOT QUIT, STAND FAST, ACT YE LIKE MEN.

GOD HONORS (WATCHES OVER), HIS WORD, TO PREFORM IT.

Right heart, (seeking God),  right words, (Gods will and Words).  the door, will open,  (the answer will come).