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  1. Our loving Lord cares deeply for His people. When a member of His flock wanders off he himself goes in search of them and rejoices once they are found!
    The Lord himself says “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? (‭Luke‬ ‭15‬:‭4‬ NLT)
    The Lord continues “And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away! “(‭Luke‬ ‭15‬:‭5-7‬ NLT)
    The Lord’s people are very precious to Him! Not because of their gifts in the kingdom, or the type of anointing, but because of Who he is,and his loving nature and love for each of his children.  God has no favorites. As Peter says in the word: And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time here as “temporary residents.” (‭1 Peter‬ ‭1‬:‭17‬ NLT)
    So we should remember that Our Lord died for all that put their trust in Him. We should be careful and not attack one another, for to attack a brother and sister in Christ in as though you attack Jesus himself. I’m reminded of the words of Our Lord to the Apostle Paul: We all fell down, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is useless for you to fight against my will. ’ “‘Who are you, lord?’ I asked. “And the Lord replied, ‘I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting. Now get to your feet! For I have appeared to you to appoint you as my servant and witness. Tell people that you have seen me, and tell them what I will show you in the future. (‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭26‬:‭14-16‬ NLT) Saul before he was Paul attacked believers. But here The Lord is saying essentially Paul was attacking Him!

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, we are in one body, the body of Christ. And as we are one body, we should be united as one body should be. We should look to our Lord to heal our hearts and move among us, to lead and guide. He loves all of us. He loves us despite our shortcomings and weaknesses! He is greater than our weaknesses and shortcomings. His love is so powerful and And it is with his great power and love we are able to love each other.  We just can’t love that hard without the oil of the spirit. So let us ask the father to send good gifts. The word says,” “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. “You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him. (‭Matthew‬ ‭7‬:‭7-11‬ NLT)

    The Lord’s people are very precious to Him! Not because of their gifts in the kingdom, or the type of anointing, but because of Who he is,and his loving nature and love for each of his children.  God has no favorites. As Peter says in the word: And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time here as “temporary residents.” (‭1 Peter‬ ‭1‬:‭17‬ NLT)
    So we should remember that Our Lord died for all that put their trust in Him. We should be careful and not attack one another, for to attack a brother and sister in Christ in as though you attack Jesus himself. I’m reminded of the words of Our Lord to the Apostle Paul: We all fell down, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is useless for you to fight against my will. ’ “‘Who are you, lord?’ I asked. “And the Lord replied, ‘I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting. Now get to your feet! For I have appeared to you to appoint you as my servant and witness. Tell people that you have seen me, and tell them what I will show you in the future. (‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭26‬:‭14-16‬ NLT) Saul before he was Paul attacked believers. But here The Lord is saying essentially Paul was attacking Him!

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, we are in one body, the body of Christ. And as we are one body, we should be united as one body should be. We should look to our Lord to heal our hearts and move among us, to lead and guide. He loves all of us. He loves us despite our shortcomings and weaknesses! He is greater than our weaknesses and shortcomings. His love is so powerful and And it is with his great power and love we are able to love each other.  We just can’t love that hard without the oil of the spirit.

    I’m reminded of a message delivered through the Prophet Isaiah concerning the Lord’s concern over his sheep and his anger over the shepherds that failed to feed and love his people.”“Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds, the leaders of Israel. Give them this message from the Sovereign LORD: What sorrow awaits you shepherds who feed yourselves instead of your flocks. Shouldn’t shepherds feed their sheep? You drink the milk, wear the wool, and butcher the best animals, but you let your flocks starve. You have not taken care of the weak. You have not tended the sick or bound up the injured. You have not gone looking for those who have wandered away and are lost. Instead, you have ruled them with harshness and cruelty. So my sheep have been scattered without a shepherd, and they are easy prey for any wild animal. They have wandered through all the mountains and all the hills, across the face of the earth, yet no one has gone to search for them. “Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: As surely as I live, says the Sovereign LORD, you abandoned my flock and left them to be attacked by every wild animal. And though you were my shepherds, you didn’t search for my sheep when they were lost. You took care of yourselves and left the sheep to starve. Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD. This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I now consider these shepherds my enemies, and I will hold them responsible for what has happened to my flock. I will take away their right to feed the flock, and I will stop them from feeding themselves. I will rescue my flock from their mouths; the sheep will no longer be their prey. (‭Ezekiel‬ ‭34‬:‭2-10‬ NLT)

    When do we fail to feed others? When are message of The Lord’s love and his grace and mercy shown through his great sacrifice on the cross for all people changes to a message of condemnation toward ourselves and even other believers! When correction and condemnation become the same message and the message of the cross and Christ’s death burial and resurrection becomes lost in our message!. When we use to law to highlight the shortcomings of our brothers and sisters. But our Lord foreknew that his people would someday get off track and so the Lord continued “For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will search and find my sheep. I will be like a shepherd looking for his scattered flock. I will find my sheep and rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on that dark and cloudy day”. (‭Ezekiel‬ ‭34‬:‭11-12‬ NLT) He, Our Lord will always be faithful to His people, even when they lose sight of what he originally showed them.

    Our Lord reveals that He is the Good Shepherd spoken of in Ezekiel. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep. “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. (‭John‬ ‭10‬:‭11-15‬ NLT)

    So we must be careful that we know the The Fathers heart when we speak, for we represent Christ as ambassadors to the world, revealing his person, who he is, a gracious Lord of compassion and full of grace and mercy . Jesus warned his own disciples:
    “Beware that you don’t look down on any of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels are always in the presence of my heavenly Father. (‭Matthew‬ ‭18‬:‭10‬ NLT)
    Jesus also said: “A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them. If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns. But what if the servant is evil and thinks, ‘My master won’t be back for a while,’ and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk? The master will return unannounced and unexpected, and he will cut the servant to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (‭Matthew‬ ‭24‬:‭45-51‬ NLT)
    This verse associates servants who are beating fellow servants as the equivalent of drinking to the point of drunkenness and partying!!

    Remember Paul’s warning: “So guard yourselves and God’s people. Feed and shepherd God’s flock—his church, purchased with his own blood —over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as elders. (‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭20‬:‭28‬ NLT)

    Of course dear brothers and sisters The Lord corrects and disciplines those he loves, but we are to correct in love and in the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. Let us look to Our Lord who sees all things perfectly and brings that brother and sister to repentance through his love and kindness, compassion and mercy.Let his mighty love work through you to accomplish this repentance.  Let Christ guide you and lead you. Allow him to be the Lord of your heart and Lord of your speech, and the Lord of All. Let us recieve each other in love. As Paul wrote in Timothy “A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. (‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2‬:‭24‬ NLT)

    Know Our Savior Loves you! And he desires to refresh your weary spirit. Feed on him and embrace his strength. He will heal your heart, mind, body and soul.”

    I’m reminded of a message delivered through the Prophet Isaiah concerning the Lord’s concern over his sheep and his anger over the shepherds that failed to feed and love his people.”“Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds, the leaders of Israel. Give them this message from the Sovereign LORD: What sorrow awaits you shepherds who feed yourselves instead of your flocks. Shouldn’t shepherds feed their sheep? You drink the milk, wear the wool, and butcher the best animals, but you let your flocks starve. You have not taken care of the weak. You have not tended the sick or bound up the injured. You have not gone looking for those who have wandered away and are lost. Instead, you have ruled them with harshness and cruelty. So my sheep have been scattered without a shepherd, and they are easy prey for any wild animal. They have wandered through all the mountains and all the hills, across the face of the earth, yet no one has gone to search for them. “Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: As surely as I live, says the Sovereign LORD, you abandoned my flock and left them to be attacked by every wild animal. And though you were my shepherds, you didn’t search for my sheep when they were lost. You took care of yourselves and left the sheep to starve. Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD. This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I now consider these shepherds my enemies, and I will hold them responsible for what has happened to my flock. I will take away their right to feed the flock, and I will stop them from feeding themselves. I will rescue my flock from their mouths; the sheep will no longer be their prey. (‭Ezekiel‬ ‭34‬:‭2-10‬ NLT)

    When do we fail to feed others? When we are message of The Lord’s love and his grace and mercy shown through his great sacrifice for all people on the cross to make them sinless and holy in the Father ‘a presence changes to a message of condemnation toward ourselves and even other believers! When correction and condemnation become the same message. When we use to law to highlight the shortcomings of our brothers and sisters rather lift up the Lord by offering the story of his power and love demonstrated on the cross. The Lords love should be shared to allow his power to work in our church family and heal.
    He will find you dear brothers or sisters that feel lost and don’t know how to get back on track. He will search you out and offer his healing and love. Please recieve your King when He arrives. Please recieve His great love for you.

    Our Lord reveals that He is the Good Shepherd spoken of in Ezekiel. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep. “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. (‭John‬ ‭10‬:‭11-15‬ NLT)

    So we must be careful that we know the The Fathers heart when we speak, for we represent Christ as ambassadors to the world, revealing his person, who he is, a gracious Lord of compassion and full of grace and mercy . Jesus warned his own disciples:
    “Beware that you don’t look down on any of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels are always in the presence of my heavenly Father. (‭Matthew‬ ‭18‬:‭10‬ NLT)

    Jesus also said: “A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them. If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns. But what if the servant is evil and thinks, ‘My master won’t be back for a while,’ and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk? The master will return unannounced and unexpected, and he will cut the servant to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (‭Matthew‬ ‭24‬:‭45-51‬ NLT) The Lord in this verse associated beating other servants and failing to feed them his word in the same category as being a drunkard or a partier!

    Remember Paul’s warning: “So guard yourselves and God’s people. Feed and shepherd God’s flock—his church, purchased with his own blood —over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as elders. (‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭20‬:‭28‬ NLT)

    Of course dear brothers and sisters The Lord corrects and disciplines those he loves, but we are to correct in love.  Let us look to Our Lord who sees all things perfectly and brings that brother and sister to repentance through his love and kindness, compassion and mercy. Let his mighty love work through you to accomplish this repentance in others. Let Christ guide you and lead you. Allow him to be the Lord of your heart and Lord of your speech, and Lord of your judgements. Let us recieve each other in love. As Paul wrote in Timothy “A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. (‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2‬:‭24‬ NLT)
    Know Our Savior Loves you! And he desires to refresh your weary spirit. Feed on him and embrace his strength. He will heal your heart, mind, body and soul. Don’t love in your own flesh for your love will fail, but let his love over flow in you and through you. Recieve his love today. Bless you church family !

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