The Fire Plug: theunfetteredpreacher

hydrant: : a discharge pipe with a valve and spout at which water may be drawn from a water main (as for fighting fires) —called also fireplug. (Webster)

When we bought our house, I was pleased that there was a fireplug, at the end of our driveway.

Many times over the years, I have come home to find the Fire Department had been by and made sure Water came out with force. (They periodically check them).

(Did you see the Super Bowl commercial, with the Old guy, being tossed around by the Force of the water through the Fire hose?) lol

That is what we want and expect, if the fireplug is needed. It could and does save lives, and homes.

(I remember an unfunny joke, about cellar hole savers). Sad when so many risk all in the pursuit of saving lives, and property.

We find fireplugs, placed strategically in our towns and cities. (They seem to block the best parking places… lol)

The day before I was to go for my Drivers License, (at 16), I had been driving a Corvair, around my Dad’s garage lot.

I had spun around, (fish tailed, such fun), when the back end struck a snow bank.

The throttle stuck, revving fast.

Of course, that was the day Dad, let me drive home, … illegally.

I got to the first corner, from Main to Center street. Popped the clutch, went around the corner, … too far; .. and hit the fireplug.

Thankfully, no damage, (except to my ego).

Dad just said: “Put it in reverse, and get out of here. Go, go, …”

Except,

My best friends Mom was on her porch across the street, saw and reported it all to her son.

Fifty years later, I still have a red face.

Fireplugs, a wonderful invention.

As Christians, we are connected to a fireplug of sorts. He is called the Holy Spirit.

In Him, we find Power to Heal, and Comfort, to Teach, to Guide, Direct and Protect not just us, but those we encounter.

Unfortunately, we are connected, yet fail to understand how (to turn on), to allow the Holy Spirit to flow through us.

Our Speech, our Touch, our Prayers, so much of the time, is dead, at birth.

Our experience, in no way mirrors the lives and times of the first century Christians. Why is this?

We come to Jesus, because we realize, we need something. We need….

We live our lives, blessed by God fulfilling Our Needs. This really is wonderful; yet there is a better way.

Psalms 37, tells us “The Lord gives us the desires of our hearts.”

He gives us the desire to know and serve Him, not the desire for petty, personal, wealth or things.

I have changed my prayer, from Lord, I want to do such and such to serve You.

To: “Lord, may my life fulfil the desires of Your heart, may I Walk in Your Way and achieve Your results.”

Will this help me to rediscover the Power of the Holy Spirit flowing through my life?

Only time will tell. Amen

Do we need shear pins? theunfetteredpreacher

What are Shear Pins? Do we need them?

A Shear Pin: an easily replaceable pin inserted at a critical point in a machine and designed to break when stressed to excess.

As a youngster, (ages 8 to 12?), my Dad bought a speed boat. At least that’s what I thought it was.

It really wasn’t powerful or fast. It pulled one adult or two kids on skies.

It was wonderful.

One of the first things we all learned, was to bring extra, and know how to replace, shear pins. (We needed to learn the water hazards).

When the Shear Pin brakes, you are dead in the water.

It seems the lakes in Massachusetts, grew submerged rocks and trees, just to mess up your day. (I am sure this is no longer true).

After the first few times on a lake, we would figure out what to avoid.

I do not recall how many years we had it, but here are some embarrassing moments.

First outing, the start of our learning curve.

– We changed several pins.

– Dad would take us, (skiers), around the lake and back to the dock at full speed, to dismount. (We soon learned, not to do that).

– Dad, hand cranked the boat back on the trailer. Never again, he drove it on after that.

As I got older, I was allowed to Captain the boat, when we went on camping trips.

I surely loved the freedom, the speed, the excitement… (Could I find my way back?)

I would wonder and fish all day. Never caught much. Just enjoyed being on my own.

Boats, need Shear Pins, too often you cannot see the hidden obstacles. They keep you from ruining your outboards.

How about in everyday life?

My Wife is a great Shear Pin. She has stopped me in my tracks many times.

I do not know about you, but I sometimes come up with hairbrained ideas. If Bette, somehow learns of them, I am dead in the water.

She has kept me from many embarrassing situations.

Is she my only Shear Pin?

No, there is One, who Guides, Directs and Protects. He would do the same for you.

If you ask.

I pray, you have, or you will. Find true joy unspeakable and full of glory. Enjoy the peace that passes understanding.

Abandoned, Lost, Neglected: 2/5/18. theunfetteredpreacher

This was the first picture I took for my Neglected Caroline series.

I often wonder, why did it end up here? It was once, a fine working boat.

Did it require more effort and money, to keep seaworthy, then the profit it had generated? Was it the age or health of the craft?

I wonder as I look in the mirror, Lord, why am I here?

What shall I do? theunfetteredpreacher

Exodus 17:4
“And Moses cried unto the Lord, saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me.”

I cried unto the Lord.  “What must I do, these people reject Your Truths.   They are almost ready to stone me.”

Yes, it is true. 

If You called me to lead?  I am a lost. If You called me to teach?  I am failing.   If You called me to serve?  I have missed the mark, of Your high calling.

If You called me to see?  I am blind.  To hear?  I am deaf.    If You called me to care?  I am torn asunder.

Since You brought me to this UMC, my focus, my zeal, my calling has evolved.   I used to invite the lost to come to the Spirit Filled Fellowships, I attended.

I find myself discouraging people from coming to this Church.  Why?

I believe they are Saved and love the Lord.  That should be enough.  I wish it was. 

They lack the Love, Joy and Peace, that is evident in the Spirit Filled, Saints.  They know not what is missing.  Because it is Spiritually discerned.

It could be me, my fault.  I am a bull, in a china shop. 
I push.  I prod.  I  beseech.   To to touch hearts, to open minds, to  change lives, is not in me.  I  need You.

If Your Holy Spirit is teaching me?   I am failing the course.   

Lord please, “What shall I do?”  I believe I am here in obedience.  To learn, to grow to become, …

What?  A joke?  

The people are satisfied, happy, content where they are.  They have zero desire to change.

Show me Thy Way, Oh Lord.  I must have Your anointing in my life.  To allow You to make a difference.   Amen

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Every good and perfect gift: theunfetteredpreacher

Had a great time yesterday, sharing scripture with a customer. He was a Baptist, and clearly did not believe, that Tongues are for today.

He told me things I did not know. Catholics, Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses… ect all spoke in Tongues. (?)

He said that these false religions are claiming the same gift as Penticostals, so the Gift of Tongues, was not of God.

He said Catholics aren’t Christians, which promoted this question. How do you become a Christian?

Repent, Believe and Confess Jesus, as Lord and Savior. Sorry, I grew up a Catholic, they believe this.

Now, they truly have error, works not faith, praying to Mary… ect…

But, they have the main question down, is God so small, He would keep them from Salvation, because they believed the bad Doctrine of the Church.

You are calling for more than Christ did.

We all have errors in our Denominational beliefs, we don’t understand the Doctrines of Laying on of hands, or Baptisms.

Never mind the Gifts of the Spirit. I believe those who teach against the Gifts of the Spirit, (all of them), are doing great harm to the body.

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 14:

~ to desire spiritual gifts,

~ he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. (This is our prayer language)

~ He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; (prayer language)

~ I would that ye all spake with tongues (prayer language, but in Church interpret)

~ Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. (Must interpret in Church, not in prayer language).

~ For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. (Prayer)

~ What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. (Public)

~ I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: (Prayer)

Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue. (Public)

~ Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.

~ If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.

But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God. (Public)

~ And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

~ But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

Let all things be done decently and in order.

In the early Church, all spoke with Tongues, some in prayer others in public.

It is the first Gift of the Spirit given and is available to all who believe.

In Matthew 25, the Talents are the Gifts of the Spirit, the Lord didn’t leave us money till He returns, but the Gifts, to build His Church. (Don’t bury them).

When we have Denominations teaching against the Gifts, I believe it is close to Blaspheming the Holy Spirit.

James 1:17

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Instead of looking for reasons to reject God’s Gifts, we should be searching the Scriptures to see if they are true.

They are for today, to build His Church.

Merry Christmas to all:

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Merry Christmas from “theunfetteredpreacher”,  praying you have a wonderfull new year.   Blessings.