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Friends in Low Places

  • Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming close to him to hear him. The Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, 'This man welcomes sinners, and eats with them.' Luke 15:1 WEB

    Everyone knows that Jesus came to save the lost sinner, and they were all drawn to Him like a magnet, but the religious establishment of the time grumbled about this constantly. If they had their way, the religious elite would have driven the sinners far, far away, but Jesus did not allow this to happen. He came to seek out and save the lost (Luke 19:10). In Luke 15:10, Jesus said that the angels rejoice over one sinner that repents.

    I was playing in a band at a party one night when He found me during the middle of a song. It is odd to explain, but I suddenly saw myself in third person view and He instantly gave me a new outlook on life. He changed my mind. He refreshed my hope that there was something more. His loving presence came upon me in such a way that I put my bass guitar up at the end of the song, went home, laid on the floor and surrendered to His calling in tears. No one had to preach to me. I knew what I had to do.

    The next morning, I went to church and was soon baptized. I prayed about quitting the band I was in, but He said no. So I had the pastor pray with me, and he said no. I needed the money anyway, so I continued playing in bands while wearing a Jesus t-shirt, and a guitar strap with a cross on it. Soon His presence began showing up in the bars that I was playing at, and prophetic words would come to me for those in the room. I preached my first sermons in bar parking lots, and they were powerful. People would begin trembling under His power, and I led some to the Lord.

    Jesus has friends in low places. They may put His statue in glorious sanctuaries, but you will still encounter His presence outside those walls in the dust and the dirt. He still wants to speak with you today, but some of the super religious will look down on you and try and drive you away from Him just as they did then. Don't give up, and know that it is never Jesus who drives you away. He will reach people right where they are, and if you will let Him, He will use your hands to touch them, and your voice to speak His words to them.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for leading by example. You are not a respecter of persons and in Your eyes, all of us are created equal. Please let me see people as You see them, and fill me with Your discernment, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Ladies, today is Thankful Thursday at the "Ladies in Distress" group (our RHM women's group)! You are welcome to join in our weekly sharing of thankfulness for the Lord's presences and any blessings you may have experienced, big or small! "Ladies in Distress" is a private group, so if you have any problems joining, just post anywhere and we will help you :). Here is the link: Ladies in Distress


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Amen
Aug 22
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Nicole Summers
Nicole Summers

Amen. I love the  fact I get your word pastor at this time of morning.  I work the graveyard shift and when my notification goes off I know it's going to be a up lifting words  and I truly appreciate it.  Thank you pastor Todd

Aug 22
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander

Amen thank you for yet another blessed awesome message Pastor Dion Todd

Aug 22
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord, amen

Aug 22
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Aug 22
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

Aug 22
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen 

Aug 22
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen

Aug 22
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. God loves us all. Amen

Aug 22
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Amen! We are all children of the most high God Yahweh. No one is a mistake. If you were born and live and breath God intended for you to exist. Praise you Father Yahweh!

Aug 22
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen, I agree Richard.

Aug 22
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! You may be surprised where God will show up if you are willing! Thank You Lord!

Aug 22
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Thank you God that I have learned to rely on you. My anxiety is more in control. Praise God amen 

Aug 22
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Thank you Pastor.  Another great lesson today. Amen!

Aug 22
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Theresa Bright
Theresa Bright

Thank you Jesus for loving me today, just as I am.

Aug 22
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen!

Aug 22
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

Aug 22
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I thank You for been such a great example to us,lead me to understand Your word and to use it to bring those who are in need of You. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. Praise be to Your Holy Name oh Lord 

Thank you Pastor, excellent message. God bless you. 

Aug 22
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen! Thank you Pastor Dion :)

Aug 22
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

Aug 22
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Aug 22
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen, Pastor Dion! What a powerful testimony you have! Praise the Lord most high!!!

Aug 22
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

Aug 23
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Char Lehman
Char Lehman

To whom it may concern,

I tried the link:  Ladies in Distress  and it said I was not authorized to see the contents.

Will someone Please tell me what I need to do to join the group.

 

Thank You

Sincerely

"Char" L

Aug 23
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen.

Aug 25