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SHEPHERDS: WHAT HAPPEN TO THE LOST SHEEP OF YOUR FLOCKS TODAY??? Сентябрь 30, 2009

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BISHOPS: WE ARE A DISGRACE TO OUR CALLING WHEN WE NEGLECT THE LOST SHEEP,WIDOWS,HOMELESS, JOBLESS,HUNGRY, FOR WORLDLY RICHES

SHEPHERDS: WHAT HAPPEN TO THE LOST SHEEP OF YOUR FLOCKS TODAY???
I am talking about that brother or sister that was disgraced and thrown out of the Church directly or through the accusations pointing of fingers, etc. Many left the church back to the streets, to drugs, alcohol, crime etc., because you drove them away; claiming they were not worthy enough to be your member. The question that I want to ask you honestly today is: Are you able to throw the first stone at that sinner that you drove out of the church? Are you without a fault yourself? No, I doubt it, my Dear Shepherd. You steal, lie on that pulpit, in certain cases take sides, bear false witness, sleep with other people wives, neglect the poor orphans and widows, depress, homeless and jobless in your communities, etc,. You take one project and present it to the public in order to white wash your black sins but the news is God sees you too. You have neglected your duty to that sheep and you mist go after it.
Many of the young people out there were once a part of your churches, Ministries, families, etc., but as soon as they stray a little you so-called righteous ones began to call them names and ostracize them from among your mist. You never even give them a second chance and yet you call yourself Shepherds. You claim that they are a dangerous example to the rest of the flock but danger is a bigger part of the shepherd’s experience. From the day you were call to protect the flock of God; your life was second place to theirs. Day and night you walk through dangerous paths; expected to face dangerous and wild circumstances in the course of your duties. If you are not ready than drop the staff and find yourself another occupation.
Replay the picture in your mind of the lost sheep and certain facts will become clear to you. 1. I can see that Shepherd taking a big risk leaving ninety nine sheep without a guide (any wild animal could fall among them while He was away seeking for the lost sheep); 2 the master could have broken His leg or gotten bitten by a snake while searching for that one lost sheep; and 3 that little sheep got lost because of greed, selfishness, wanting all for itself. But the greatest picture of all that I usually paint in my mind is about those millions of angels looking down anxiously as the shepherd search for the lost sheep; and bursting into songs of victory when that sheep is found. Isn’t a beautiful sight? (Luke 15:3-7).
One more story I like to for us to remember is about that day when those so-called righteous men dressed in long righteous robes like you and I today; brought that woman to Christ to test Him; and get a mandate to stone her , He saw deep behind them. Perhaps one had put on a disguise to go and sleep with a prostitute just the night before, another stolen from the coffers while counting the monies, yet another had slept with his brother’s wife etc. Yet like you they were screaming for someone to be destroyed because of their sin.(Jn.8:3-11) Shepherds can you see your self in the picture? Where are the lost sheep that went astray because of the temptations of the world around them? Do you know that many of them got lost because you yourself were unworthy of your calling at the time; chasing after materialism and worldly influence and neglecting to teach them the truth of God word? We outcast them and fail to give them a second chance to change their ways. Do you know that they are out there hopeless and lonely with no one to turn to for help.
Many time when I read the story of that Samaritan woman that Christ met by the well; this picture stick to my mine. She comes a outcast, neglected, sinner of the worst type who no one wants to associate with, sneaking to the well to avoid meeting others who will scorn and tease her. Yes, she was a prostitute (in today’s world it could be an drug addict, a criminal, etc.), and live in a very lonely world. I believe many times she wanted to turn back but no one was giving her a chance; so she had no option than to continue to live as an outcast; painful as it was. There she was coming to the well the midday with a long sad face only to meet a man from the Holy race of their days (who could not associate with her people asking her for a cup of water.) She could believe her ears; was it a dream? The next beautiful picture that I love to paint in my mind is the woman running, skirts flying to the very people she try to avoid evangelized. Many were instantly converted even before they met Jesus because of the change, boldness, freshness, and light they saw in the woman that day. The entire village came running behind her to see the man that brought such a change in that woman.(John 4:1-30).
They are out there in your communities just waiting for that outstretch hands of yours to call them home once again. Before you decide to go to through that usual fast and prayer that you usually do to satisfy yourself and make a public show for those around you to believe that you are beginning the month with God; I have a little news for you. Starving yourself for a few days and remaining in your old ways will bring about no result and you fast in vain. For it is written that God does not take pleasure in you suffering your body and remaining in your evil ways. It is time to correct some of those age old wrongs and go after the lost and set right those things that we have neglected a long time ago. I want to remind you again about a message I send out to you at the beginning of this week:

….; take a careful look at those worshiping with you. Is there someone whose shoe sore has eaten away and cannot afford one, does that family looks like they had no meal today ,are there people in your mist or community that are naked or in prison? Look in your clothes closet or suit cases etc.; your store room or waste basket and see if there is food; that empty room fill of junk because the kids are all grown now etc,; yet in the same community , church, neighbourhood; you see that neighbour and his children who were thrown out in the streets because they could not afford their rent; or those old folks down the road who kid was put into prison; hungry jobless, naked people running around or worshiping in the same building as you are. Now take a deep breath and ask yourself this question: If Christ comes today; do I have an excuse?

«…. AND HE SHALL SET THE SHEEP ON HIS RIGHT HAND, BUT THE GOATS ON THE LEFT….THEN SHALL THEY ALSO ANSWER HIM,LORD,WHEN SAW WE THEE AN HUNGERED, OR ATHIRST, OR A STRANGER, OR NAKED, OR SICK, OR IN PRISON, AND DID NOT MINISTER UNTO THEE? LITTLE…. CHILDREN ABIDE IN HIM; THAT, WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR, WE MAY HAVE CONFIDENCE, AND NOT BE ASHAMED BEFORE HIM AT HIS COMING. WHEN THE CHIEF SHEPHERD SHALL APPEAR….» YE SHALL RECEIVE A CROWN OF GLORY THAT FADETH NOT AWAY».
If you find an honest answer to your question; I am quite sure you know what to do. May the Good Lord empty you and refill you with the secrets of a fulfill, rewarding and everlasting life”.
“For the Lord has said. Is it such a fast that I have chosen? A day for a man to afflict soul ? Is it to bow down his head as a bulrush; and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? Wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord? Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens and to tell the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? When thou seest the naked; that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Then shall thy light break forth as the morning ; and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rewarded. Then shall thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shall cry; and He shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity….”(Isa.58:5-14).
STOP WASTING YOUR TIME AND ENERGY LIEING TO YOURSELVES AND THE PUBLIC AND GO OUT INTO YOUR COMMUNITIES AND DO THE RIGHT THING. THIS RECIPE IS VERY CLEAR AND SIMPLE AND THERE IS GREAT JOY AWAITING THOSE OF US WHO SEE THE LIGHT AND CHANGE RIGHT NOW. I KNOW IT IS AN AGE OLD HOBBY BUT YOU CAN BREAK IT UNTIL YOU ARE ON THE RIGHT FOOTING WITH GOD. THERE IS STILL HOPE FOR YOU SHEPHERDS WHO DECIDE TO LEAVE YOUR OWN RECIPES AND SEEK OUT GOD’ RECIPE.
I WILL CLOSE WITH THESE WORDS OF ADVICE FROM LEE GOODALL , FOR THOSE OF YOU SEEKING LIGHT IN THE DARK.

Subject: Small Facts About God

To A Beautiful Person:

If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.

If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it.

He sends you flowers every spring.

He sends you a sunrise every morning.

Whenever you want to talk, He listens.

He can live anywhere in the universe, but He chose … your heart.

Face it friend, He is crazy about you!

God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.

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